MuckRock Foundation

The MuckRock Foundation manages the day-to-day operations of five different sites and services. In addition to MuckRock, they also run DocumentCloud, oTranscribe, FOIA Machine, and Quackbot.

Cofounder Michael Morisy is MuckRock’s chief executive. He was previously an editor at the Boston Globe, where he launched the paper's technology vertical BetaBoston. He is currently a 2018-19 nonresidential fellow at Reynolds Journalism Institute at the University of Missouri. He was a 2014-15 John S. Knight Journalism Fellow at Stanford University and a 2012-13 Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics Network Fellow at Harvard University. He graduated in 2007 from Cornell University with a degree in English. He can be reached at michael@muckrock.com.

Cofounder Mitchell Kotler is the site's lead developer and site architect. He is a veteran of multiple technology companies and startups, including AMD, Achronix, and eProvenance. He graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelors degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Cornell University in 2007, and earned a Masters Degree from Cornell in 2008. You can contact him at mitch@muckrock.com / PGP Key.

Executive Editor JPat Brown is a graduate of Bowdoin College, the former Editor-in-Chief of the alt-weekly DigBoston, the author of a really stupid book about owls, and at one point ran a computer lab in a church basement. He has written extensively on CIA and FBI history, has been quoted saying some really harsh things about said history, and is working on compiling the largest public archive of photos of Presidents with cake ever assembled. Please ask him about J. Edgar Hoover’s favorite sandwich. Hit him up at jpat@muckrock.com or @resentfultweet.

Projects Editor / Senior Reporter Beryl C.D. Lipton is motivated by the inefficiencies that hinder a progressive democracy. She studied the History and Literature of America at Harvard College and likes to play with patterns and narrative constructions. Any and all may be in touch about any and all at Beryl@MuckRock.com / PGP Key

Sam Whitmore Media Survey FOIA Fellow Jessie Gomez reports on public records trends and strategies at the local level as well as expanding MuckRock's database of appeals and exemption data. Contact her at Jessie@MuckRock.com.

Office Manager / Operations Lead Kiera Murray studied journalism at Emerson College and has worked as a community reporter for local publications in Boston. She currently works to make sure public records requests are sent, received, and fulfilled efficiently. She can be reached at kiera@muckrock.com.
Dylan Freedman leads development of DocumentCloud and oTranscribe. He is motivated by using technology to help journalists and the public share and consume information better. He earned a B.A. in computer science and music from Harvard University and a master’s in journalism at Stanford, with a stint researching machine perception at Google in-between. Reach out to him at dylan@documentcloud.org or @dylfreed.

MuckRock Board Members

Board president Cori Zarek works on technology and policy projects with a goal of helping governments better serve the public. She is the Director of the Digital Service Collaborative at the Georgetown Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation and previously served as the Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer. Before launching this project, Cori led the principles and practices work for Code for America and was a Mozilla fellow. From 2013-2017 at the White House, Cori advised the U.S. Chief Technology Officer and led the team's work to build a more digital, open, and collaborative government including helping to stand up and support the U.S. Digital Service, 18F and the Presidential Innovation Fellows. Cori also led the U.S. government's development and implementation of commitments to the Open Government Partnership. Previously, Cori was a freedom of information attorney at the U.S. National Archives, and before that, at the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press where she worked on free press, free expression, and freedom of information issues.

Board vice president Jim Neff is the deputy managing editor of Philadelphia Media Network. He has written five nonfiction books, including his most recent, Vendetta: Bobby Kennedy vs. Jimmy Hoffa. Previously he was investigations editor at The Seattle Times, where he oversaw the series “Methadone and the Politics of Pain," winner of the 2012 Pulitzer winner for investigative reporting.

Board member Scott Klein is deputy managing editor at ProPublica and DocumentCloud co-founder. At ProPublica, Klein directs a team of journalist/programmers building large interactive software projects that tell journalistic stories, and that make complex national statistics relevant to readers and their communities. ProPublica’s news application team’s awards include three Online Journalism Awards for General Excellence, nine Malofiej International Infographics Award medals, the Data Journalism Award Jurors Choice Award, and 34 Society for News Design Awards of Excellence, including special recognition for “defining the design language of data-driven news apps.”

Board member Aron Pilhofer is the James B. Steele Chair in Journalism Innovation at Temple University and DocumentCloud co-founder. Before joining Temple, Pilhofer was Executive Editor, Digital, and interim Chief Digital Officer at the Guardian in Londo and Associate Managing Editor for Digital Strategy and editor of Interactive News at The New York Times. At the Guardian, he led the news organization's 200-person product and technology teams as well as heading visual journalism -- including pictures, graphics, interactive and data journalism.

Board member Nabiha Syed is vice president and associate general counsel for BuzzFeed, tackling critical press freedom issues ranging from public records and libel to privacy and journalism in a digital age. Prior to BuzzFeed, she was an associate at Levine Sullivan Koch & Schulz and the First Amendment Fellow at The New York Times. She is also a cofounder of the Media Freedom and Information Access legal clinic at Yale Law School and currently serves as the vice chair on the board of directors of the Student Press Law Center. She was also named the inaugural winner of the Reporters Committee for the Freedom of the Press’ Rising Star Award winner.

In addition to their staff roles, Michael Morisy and Mitchell Kotler serve as board members. Michael is the Board Treasurer and Mitch serves as Board Secretary.