Since 1993, Danielle Brian has been the executive director of the Project On Government Oversight, a nonprofit government watchdog. She frequently testifies before Congress and appears in major national news outlets, including ABC, NBC, CBS, Fox News, Washington Post, New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, USA TODAY and National Public Radio. Brian has led numerous investigations that have exposed wasteful government spending and helped precipitate policy reforms improving government programs.
Under her watch, POGO prevailed in a lawsuit against then-Attorney General John Ashcroft for retroactively classifying FBI documents; forced the government to apply environmental standards to the super-secret Area 51 facility; forced the Nuclear Regulatory Commission to back down on its excessive secrecy regarding lax security at the Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant outside New York City; and has advocated for the rights of whistleblowers and other dissenters to have their voices heard.
Before becoming executive director, Brian worked as a producer for television documentaries, as a policy analyst at the Arms Control and Foreign Policy Congressional Caucus, and as a research associate at POGO.
Brian earned a master’s degree in International Relations from the School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University in 1990.
Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006.