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Sunlight Foundation Welcomes New Members To Its Board Of Directors

WASHINGTON — Today, the Sunlight Foundation announced that Sue Gardner, Allison Fine, Mark Horvit and Daniel X. O’Neil would join its board of directors.

“As we begin a new chapter here at the Sunlight Foundation, we are thrilled to add these four remarkable individuals to our board,” said Sunlight Foundation President Chris Gates. “Their valuable experience and expertise across the fields of journalism, civic tech and social engagement will help guide Sunlight on its mission to advocate for open government in the U.S. and across the globe and to create and use technology to hold government accountable.”

Sue Gardner is a special advisor to the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit that operates Wikipedia. From 2007 to 2014 she was its executive director. Previously, she was head of CBC.CA, the website for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, and before that she was a journalist working in multiple media including the internet, newspapers, magazines, radio and TV. In 2011, Forbes magazine named Sue one of the world’s 100 most powerful women. She serves on boards and advisory committees for a half-dozen global non-profit, educational and grantmaking organizations, primarily related to technology, media, gender and digital freedoms.

Allison Fine is among the pre-eminent guides to the social media revolution. She is author of Matterness: What Fearless Leaders Know About the Power and Promise of Social Media. In addition, she is the author of the award-winning Momentum: Igniting Social Change in the Connected Age, and co-author of the bestselling The Networked Nonprofit.

Mark Horvit, an accomplished reporter and editor, is the executive director for Investigative Reporters and Editors, a professional organization headquartered at the Missouri School of Journalism. He previously worked for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the Panama City (Fla.) News Herald, the Corpus Christi Caller-Times and the Houston Post, among others.

Daniel X. O’Neil is an open data and open government advocate and the executive director of Smart Chicago Collaborative, a civic organization devoted to improving lives in Chicago through technology. He’s also the cofounder of EveryBlock.

“We’re pleased to welcome these new members to Sunlight’s board of directors,” said Sunlight Co-Founder and Board Chair Mike Klein. “We have great faith that their contributions will strengthen Sunlight’s reach and connect its work to broader audiences.”

The four join current board members Esther Dyson, chairman of EDventure Holdings, Nicholas Klein, venture capital advisor, Andrew McLaughlin, partner at betaworks, a technology and media start-up studio based in New York City and CEO of Digg and Instapaper, and Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist.

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