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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 an attorney at Legal Action of Wisconsin and is a 1993 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law School.

Kari Mackey, M.A.
Associate Director

Kari Mackey is associate director 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.


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