Ryan Shapiro is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Science, Technology, and Society (HASTS) at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, as well as a Research Affiliate at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. Shapiro is an historian of national security, the policing of dissent, and governmental transparency. Shapiro is widely known as a leading expert on the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA).
Politico describes Shapiro as “a FOIA guru at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.” The open government website MuckRock describes Shapiro as “a FOIA superhero.” Marsh Professor of Journalism at Michigan University and TED Senior Fellow Will Potter describes Shapiro as “The FBI’s Worst Nightmare.”
Jeffrey Light is a Washington, D.C.-based FOIA specialist attorney. Light is an NLG member who received his JD from Georgetown Law, as well as an MS in Bioinformatics from Brandeis University. Beyond his expertise in FOIA matters, Light also has extensive experience in activist defense and First Amendment law, as well as police misconduct, prisoner abuse, LGBT, and civil rights law. Light is widely regarded as among the best FOIA attorneys in the country.
For his legal work, Light has received awards from the Bill of Rights Defense Committee and the Washington Peace Center.
As chair of the board of Property of the People, Sarahjane Blum brings over 20 years experience crafting and executing strategies for effective activism.
Sarahjane holds an MA in American history from Georgetown University and is an author and art dealer with an unrelenting drive to build a better world. Co-owner of the pioneering online illustration art retailer Grapefruit Moon Gallery, she is also a noted expert in the visual history of America. Her career and activism have both centered around building small, innovative teams that are deeply mission driven.