WHO WE ARE

We are Transparency International U.S. (TI US), part of the world’s largest coalition against corruption. We give voices to victims and witnesses of corruption, and work with governments, businesses, and citizens to stop the abuse of entrusted power.

In collaboration with national chapters in more than 100 countries, we are leading the fight to turn our vision of a world free from corruption into reality. Our U.S. office focuses on stemming the harms caused by illicit finance, strengthening political integrity, and promoting a positive U.S. role in global anti-corruption initiatives. Through a combination of research, advocacy, and policy, we engage with stakeholders to increase public understanding of corruption and hold institutions and individuals accountable.

 

Our impact

We achieve our goals through advocacy, research and policy, outreach and collaboration.

Advocacy

Our advocacy means greater protections for human rights, and more funding for public health, public safety, and sustainable economic development efforts both in the United States and abroad. Specifically, we’ve successfully worked to:

  • Ensure anticorruption measures applied to all Paycheck Protection Program loans so small businesses hit hard by the pandemic received the help they were promised.
  • Pass the Corporate Transparency Act—the landmark bipartisan law that will make it harder for corrupt officials to hide their stolen money in the U.S.
  • Support the reauthorization of the bipartisan Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, a powerful anticorruption tool that significantly increases the costs to officials engaging in corrupt practices and human rights abuses.
  • Pass the bipartisan Foreign Extortion Prevention Act, the most consequential update to U.S. foreign bribery law in half a century.

Research & Policy

  • Run the Anticorruption Policy Lab that recruits pro bono lawyers and other professionals to develop legislation, briefing memos, fact sheets, reports, and other products.
  • At the outset of a new U.S. administration, publish a widely hailed bipartisan plan on what the U.S. must do to counter global corruption.
  • Publish a legal white paper analyzing the extraterritorial reach of U.S. criminal laws, including a proposed law to crack down on the “demand side” of foreign bribery.
  • Publish a report comparing the anti-money laundering frameworks regulating real estate sectors in 21 countries, with key recommendations for improving the U.S. framework.

Outreach & Collaboration

We combine our advocacy skills and expertise with those of our strategic allies to move important policy reform more effectively. To do so, we work closely with human rights and law enforcement organizations; environmental, economic justice, and business trade groups, and many more through nearly a dozen separate coalitions.

We coordinate with Transparency International and our network chapters around the globe.

MEET OUR TEAM

Gary Kalman

Gary Kalman is the Executive Director of TI US. He oversees the organization’s U.S. operations focusing on illicit finance and the U.S. role in global anti-corruption efforts. He was a founding member the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition, a nonpartisan alliance promoting policies to combat the harmful impacts of corrupt financial practices and served as Executive Director from 2016 to 2019. He was also a founder of Americans for Financial Reform, a coalition that, in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, led the successful fight for the Dodd-Frank financial reform bill. Shortly after coming to Washington, he directed the federal legislative office for the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG). While at U.S. PIRG, he was a leading voice for congressional ethics and lobbying reform having sat on a bipartisan task force convened by the Speaker of the House. He is currently an Advisory Council member for the International Coalition Against Illicit Economies.  He has testified before Congress on numerous occasions on financial accountability and is a regular speaker and commentator on anti-corruption and transparency issues at conferences, events and in the media.

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Scott Greytak

Scott Greytak is the Director of Advocacy of TI US, where he manages the office’s legislative agenda and oversees its Anticorruption Policy Lab.

Greytak is a democracy attorney who has helped lead legislative, legal, and ballot-measure initiatives on campaign finance, voting, foreign influence, ethics, and fair representation. He comes to TI from the U.S.’s domestic anticorruption community, where he helped pass over 20 state and local anticorruption reforms as Senior Counsel for RepresentUs, designed legal challenges to cases such as Citizens United v. FEC as Counsel for a boutique litigation firm, and authored the leading report on judicial corruption in the U.S. as Senior Policy Counsel for Justice at Stake.

Greytak received his JD and BA from Ohio State University and is admitted to practice law in the District of Columbia and Ohio.

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Annalise Burkhart

Annalise Burkhart is TI US’s Program and Research Associate. She oversees digital outreach for advocacy campaigns and assists with press visibility, in addition to managing the day-to-day logistics of the office.

Prior to joining TI, Burkhart focused on public record investigations through digital research and Freedom of Information Act access. A vocal transparency advocate, she lived and worked in Beirut, Lebanon, conducting research into corruption in the country’s security industry. Previously, she held an internship in the office of Congressman Steve Cohen, where she focused on judiciary issues. A graduate of the University of Tennessee, Burkhart received her B.A. in political science.

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Colby Goodman

Colby Goodman is a Senior Researcher at Transparency International Defense and Security (TI-DS) and a member of the TI US team. He conducts research and provides advice on corruption risks within the international arms trade and other forms of defense sector corruption. Prior to joining TI-DS, he was the director of the Security Assistance Monitor program at the Center for International Policy. Goodman also served as Deputy Director at the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs Regional Office in Africa to support African efforts in establishing effective controls on conventional arms transfers. He has led or participated in field research in West Africa, South Asia, and Mexico. Goodman’s commentary or opinion pieces have appeared in major U.S. newspapers and media outlets covering U.S. foreign policy and the Pentagon. He is a member of the Forum on the Arms Trade’s Steering Committee and a graduate of the Middlebury Institute for International Studies’ master program on International Policy studies.

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Chris Laurent

Chris Laurent is the Director of Advancement of TI US and manages the corporate partnership program and foundation giving. Chris is also a member of Transparency International’s Fundraising Team, responsible for major gifts. 

Laurent comes to TI with more than 20 years of fundraising experience as a major gifts officer of Open Doors International and Development Director of Chicagoland Habitat for Humanity. 

At Open Doors Chris managed a major donor portfolio and designed bespoke international trips for major gift donors to witness the work they were funding abroad.  

In Chicago, Chris created the Raise Your Hand Chicagoland campaign in partnership with McKinsey & Company, built 15 transportable Habitat houses on Chicago’s famous Magnificent Miles, and generated operational funding for 8 regional Habit affiliates. Chris led domestic and international Jimmy Carter Work Projects and was a member of Obama’s Gen 44 Young Professionals Network.  

Laurent created Advocate, a Nashville-based ambassador program that connects recording artists with non-profit causes. Laurent was a Universal/MCA recording artist and an itinerant speaker with KBM.  

Laurent is a member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. 

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Emma Barrett

Emma Barrett is TI US’s Intern. She assists with day-to-day tasks, correspondence, and social media at TI US. 

Barrett is currently a third-year student at Florida State University, where she is a member of the university’s premier undergraduate merit scholarship program. She is studying International Affairs and Political Science and plans to graduate in 2025 with both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree. 

Barrett is passionate about promoting anti-corruption and transparency initiatives globally. She is also interested in factors that influence political polarization and misinformation. Throughout her time at FSU, Barrett has assisted with research exposing the negative impact of urban renewal movements on marginalized communities and has published research regarding the effects of extractive industries on Indigenous groups in North America.

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Kim Ball

Kim Ball is the Anticorruption Policy Lab Manager of TI US. She recruits and manages pro bono attorneys and policy experts working with the TI US Anticorruption Policy Lab, as well as assisting with other TI US policy projects.

Kim is an impassioned leader with 20+ years of experience in policy development, public speaking, strategic planning, training, and fundraising. She is a Principal Consultant and Co-founder of KimBall Strategies, Ltd., a firm known for bringing together unlikely allies for successful social justice reform. Kim was a Research Professor at American University where she ran a center that used research to advance innovative and evidence-based policies and practices. She came to academia from the U.S. Department of Justice, where she served as a Senior Advisor in various roles, establishing an extensive record of creating collaborative partnerships that leveraged resources and expertise from across and outside of criminal justice disciplines to effect policy reform. She has advanced successful efforts in public health, pretrial justice, mental health, problem-solving courts, prosecutor diversion, early appointment of defense counsel, judicial leadership, and procedural fairness. Kim is originally from Arkansas where she served as a Special Assistant District Attorney in Little Rock and worked on juvenile law reform in the aftermath of the Jonesboro, Arkansas, school shooting. She is an avid Arkansas Razorback fan, loves Memphis-style barbecue, and enjoys traveling to new countries and hiking mountains.

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TI US Steering Committee

Ian Gary

Ian Gary joined the Fund for Constitutional Government (FCG) as executive director in June 2022. Ian is a senior policy, research and advocacy professional with over 30 years of experience in financial transparency and accountability, international development, and the reform of natural resource governance.

Ian also serves as the executive director of the Financial Accountability and Corporate Transparency (FACT) Coalition. Prior to joining FACT in November 2020, Ian directed Oxfam America’s global policy, advocacy and program work focused on promoting transparent and accountable financial flows – for example from oil and mining revenues, taxes and aid – to fight poverty.  Prior to joining Oxfam in 2005, Ian was Strategic Issues Advisor for Africa and Strategic Issues Advisor for Extractive Industries at Catholic Relief Services (CRS) from 1999 to 2005. He has held positions with the Ford Foundation as well as international development organizations in the U.S. and Africa.

Ian is the author of the Oxfam America report Ghana’s Big Test: Oil’s Challenge to Democratic Development (2009); co-author, with Terry Lynn Karl of Stanford University, of the CRS report Bottom of the Barrel: Africa’s Oil Boom and the Poor (2003); and co-author of Chad’s Oil: Miracle or Mirage? (2005), issued by CRS and the Bank Information Center. Ian has been a member of the World Bank Extractive Industries Advisory Group; a member of the Global Steering Committee of Publish What You Pay; and a founding steering committee member of the Open Contracting Partnership. Ian is a board member of Advocates for Community Alternatives, an NGO based in Accra, Ghana.

Ian has been a frequent commentator on extractive industries and other development issues in major media outlets including New York Times, The Economist, The Guardian (UK), Le Monde, Washington Post, Financial Times, BBC, and NPR.  He has testified before the US Congress and given presentations at The Brookings Institute, European Parliament, World Bank, IMF, Royal Institute of International Affairs, United Nations, U.S. State Department and Oxford University, among other venues. He holds a MA degree from the University of Leeds (UK) in the Politics of International Resources and Development and a BA from the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

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Elise Bean

For nearly 30 years, from 1985 to 2014, Elise Bean worked as an investigator for Senator Carl Levin (D-MI), including 15 years at the U.S. Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations (PSI). Appointed his PSI staff director and chief counsel in 2003, Ms. Bean handled investigations, hearings, and legislation on matters involving money laundering, corruption, shell companies, offshore tax abuse, and corporate misconduct. After Senator Levin retired in 2015, she helped establish the Levin Center for Oversight and Democracy in his honor, and now works for the Center to help elected legislatures conduct oversight investigations. In 2018, she authored a book: Financial Exposure: Carl Levin’s Senate Investigations into Finance and Tax Abuse.

Ms. Bean graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Wesleyan University and received a law degree from the University of Michigan. She clerked for the Chief Judge of the U.S. Claims Court, and worked for two years at the U.S. Department of Justice. In 2018, Ms. Bean was recognized as a leader in tax justice matters by Global Witness. In 2016 and 2015, she was included in the Global Tax 50, a list compiled by the International Tax Review of the year’s top 50 individuals and organizations influencing tax policy and practice. In 2013 and 2011, the Washingtonian magazine named her one of Washington’s 100 most powerful women.

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David Luna

David M. Luna is President and CEO of Luna Global Networks & Convergence Strategies LLC.  A former US diplomat and national security official, David is a globally-recognized strategic thought leader, advocate for security of humanity, and a leading voice internationally on crime convergence, transnational threats, international affairs, geopolitical risks, changing character of war, illicit trade, threat finance, and global illicit economies (“dark side of globalization”) that fuel greater insecurity and instability around the world.  David is also Founder and Executive Director of the International Coalition Against Illicit Economies (ICAIE).

David held numerous senior positions with the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL), including directorships for national security, transnational crime, and anti-corruption and good governance; and advisor to the Secretary’s Coordinator for the Rule of Law. David also served as an Assistant Counsel to the President, Office of the Counsel to the President, The White House; and other positions with the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Senate.

David is currently the Chair of the Business at OECD Anti-Illicit Trade Expert Group (AITEG); Chair of the Anti-Illicit Trade Committee (AITC), United States Council for International Business (USCIB); Chair of the Peace & Security Committee, United Nations Association of the USA – National Capitol Area (UNA-NCA); Member of the Business Twenty (B20/G20) Integrity & Compliance Task Force; and previously served as the President of the OECD Task Force on Countering Illicit Trade; Vice Chair of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Illicit Trade and Organized Crime, Chair, APEC Anti-Corruption and Transparency (ACT) Working Group; Chair of the U.S.-China Anti-Corruption Working Group of the Joint Law Enforcement Liaison Group and in other leadership positions in the G7, and other diplomatic fora and public-private partnerships on anti-crime and global security.  David is also the Chair of a Summit for Democracy (S4D) Kleptocracy and Illicit Finance Working Group — a civil society-driven dialogue to fight corruption and money laundering to defend democracy against authoritarianism, confront hubs of illicit trade, and safeguard human rights and security.

David is a Senior Fellow for National Security and co-Director of the Anti-Illicit Trade Institute at the Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Corruption Center (TraCCC), Schar School of Policy and Government, George Mason University. David is a graduate (M.S.S.) of the U.S. Army War College, and received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania, J.D. from The Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America, and awarded numerous certificates from the Harvard Business School (HBS).

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Jana Morgan

Jana Morgan is a dedicated political activist, seasoned campaign strategist, and thought leader who has spent her career fighting against government and corporate corruption and to protect the rights of others.

In her most recent role as the Director of the 250+ member coalition, Declaration for American Democracy, Jana led a nationwide campaign to pass sweeping democracy reform legislation that would protect and expand the right to vote, get big money out of politics, end gerrymandering, and stop election subversion. Through her leadership, this legislation saw passage through the House of Representatives, as well as debate and floor votes in the Senate.

Previously she was the Campaigns and Advocacy Director for the International Corporate Accountability Roundtable, where she led the organization’s efforts to combat corporate capture. She also spearheaded the launch of Protect the Protest, a coalition aimed at stopping frivolous corporate lawsuits against activists. Earlier in her career she spent four years as Director of Publish What You Pay – United States where she led the 40+ member coalition’s efforts to bring transparency and accountability to the oil, gas, and mining sector. Prior to that, Jana worked at Global Witness, conducting advocacy and in-country field research on Afghanistan’s extractive sector, conflict minerals exploitation in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, and the development of governance systems for Uganda’s emerging oil sector.

Jana holds an MA in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Syracuse University and a Certificate of Advanced Study in Conflict Resolution. She received her BA in Government from St. Lawrence University.

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Michael Jarvis

An expert on issues of corporate responsibility, good governance, and cross-sectoral partnerships, Michael loves to design, develop and lead global programs and initiatives. He currently leads the Transparency and Accountability Initiative (TAI) funder collaborative strengthening the impact of funder investments that embed transparency, civic participation and accountability as essential elements of tacking today’s pressing problems, be that the climate emergency, pandemics or financial secrecy.  He joined TAI after almost two decades working on different aspects of the global good governance and development agenda, including over ten years with the World Bank in a variety of roles relating to anti corruption, governance of extractive industries, and multi-stakeholder governance. This included a focus on contracting issues through which he helped shepherd development of a new global initiative on Open Contracting to promote better outcomes from the estimated $9.5 trillion in public-private contracts globally. Michael previously worked on industry codes of conduct and as a consultant on corporate responsibility and partnerships. Michael has advanced degrees from the University of Cambridge and Johns Hopkins University. He is a frequent author and blogger and misses his time as a radio DJ.

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Conrad Martin

Conrad Martin is a veteran, widely known and highly respected advocate for open government and anti-corruption initiatives.  Until his recent retirement, he served as the Executive Director of the Fund for Constitutional Government, a nonprofit organization created to eliminate corruption in government and foster constitutional principles of governance. The Fund serves as an incubator for several important anti-corruption organizations, among those developed during his tenure include the Project on Government Oversight (POGO), the Government Accountability Project (GAP), and the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC).

He also served as the Executive Director of Stewart R. Mott Charitable Trust, managing an annual grants budget of approximately $1.5 million. The Trust made grants in the areas of government accountability, arms control, political finance reform, civil rights/civil liberties, and population & reproductive rights.

Early in his career, Conrad spent 2 years in the Peace Corps from 1981 to 1983 as a Forage Agronomist on the island of Barbados.

Born in Mexico, Conrad is fluent in conversational Spanish and has traveled widely in South America, Central America, Europe, and the Near East.

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