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Program Staff: Global Access to Information

Laura Neuman, J.D.

Laura Neuman is director of the Global Access to Information Program. She directs and implements Carter Center transparency and good-governance programming, including projects in Latin America, Africa, and China. Neuman developed the innovative access to information implementation assessment tool and the recent women and the right of access to information project. She also was responsible for the 2008 International Conference on the Right to Public Information and the follow-up 2009 Americas Conference and 2010 African Regional Conference on the Right of Access to Information.

Neuman has written a number of articles and book chapters on the right of access to information, has edited six widely distributed guidebooks on fostering transparency and preventing corruption, and has presented at numerous international seminars on access to information legislation, implementation, enforcement, and use. She serves as a member of the International School of Transparency, the Transparency Advisory Group, an advisory member of the Open Democracy Advice Centre and; and has consulted with the World Bank, Inter-American Development Bank, and a number of governments. As part of her transparency work, she served as executive secretary for the Carter Center's Council for Ethical Business Practices.

Neuman also has led and participated in international election monitoring missions throughout the Western hemisphere. Prior to joining The Carter Center in August 1999, she was senior staff attorney for senior law at Legal Action of Wisconsin and is a 1993 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School. 

Chris Hale, M.A.
Associate Director

Chris Hale is associate director of the Global Access to Information Program. Prior to joining the Center's GATI team, he directed the Medellin regional field office for the Organization of American States' Mission to Support the Peace Process in Colombia, focusing on transitional justice and peacebuilding initiatives with victims of violence as well as demobilized former combatants in Colombia's civil armed conflict. Hale has worked for the World Bank's LAC Civil Society Team and the World Bank Institute's Access to Information, Transparency, and Governance Group. Between 2004 and 2006, he was the Center’s access to information assistant project coordinator.

Hale is also co-founder and board member of Manos de Madres, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of women and their families through income-generation initiatives in Honduras and Rwanda. He received his undergraduate degree in Latin American studies and anthropology from Colby College in his native Maine, and a master's degree in Latin American politics from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

Kari Mackey, M.A.
Senior Program Associate

Kari Mackey is a senior program associate for the Global Access to Information Program. She provides support to the program's various country missions and international projects. Prior to joining the Center in 2007 as an assistant project coordinator, she interned for the Center's Latin America and Caribbean Program (formerly known as the Americas Program), where she completed research on a number of issues related to the right of access to information.

Mackey received her master's degree in political science with a concentration in international relations and comparative politics at Georgia State University, where she also graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in political science. Her research has focused on the use of information communication technologies for the advancement of women. Previously, she worked for four years as an assistant project manager in the private sector.

Dan Schimmel, M.A.
Senior Program Associate

Dan Schimmel is a senior program associate for the Global Access to Information Program; he provides support to the program’s various international projects, primarily focusing on Bangladesh. Prior to joining The Carter Center, he was a senior program officer with Internews in Washington, D.C., supporting full-spectrum media development efforts in South Sudan. Dan also worked as a program assistant with the National Democratic Institute, focusing on good governance, community organizing, and issues-based advocacy efforts in South Sudan and Sudan.

Schimmel holds a master’s degree in international studies with concentrations in political theory and post-conflict peacebuilding from the Korbel School at the University of Denver, and a bachelor of arts in political science from Union College in Schenectady, N.Y.

Elizabeth McGlamry
Program Assistant

Elizabeth McGlamry is the program assistant for the Global Access to Information Program; she provides support to the program’s various country missions, as well as to its Implementation Assessment Tool project. Before joining the staff, she served as a program intern and then as a temporary employee, working on the women and the right of access to information study in Bangladesh. McGlamry holds a bachelor’s degree in history with a concentration in law and governance from Duke University.

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