News Release

Ann Florini, Mary Graham, Experts on Governance and Transparency, Join Brookings

September 26, 2002

Ann Florini and Mary Graham, two scholars who focus on transparency in a range of policy areas, have joined the Brookings Institution. They will be affiliated with the Governance Studies program, Florini as senior fellow and director of the Project on New Approaches to Global Governance, Graham as visiting fellow. Graham serves as co-director of the Transparency Policy Project at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and president of the Governance Institute, a nonprofit organization that has collaborated with Brookings on a variety of subjects.

“Ann and Mary bring unique experience and expert research to our newly expanded Governance Studies program. Their work on transparency and the role of civil society at home and abroad is crucial to understanding a world with increasingly porous borders, and will enhance the work we do in this emerging policy arena,” said Carol Graham, vice president and director of Governance Studies.

At Brookings, Florini will continue her research on global governance and transnational cooperation. Prior to joining Brookings, she was a senior associate at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace from 1997-2002, and held positions at the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the University of California, Los Angeles, and the United Nations Association of the USA.

Under Florini’s direction, the Project on New Approaches to Global Governance will focus on transparency and innovative methods of solving global problems, and continue to establish a body of systematic data on transparency research. Her new book, The New Rules for Running the World, will be published in spring 2003 by Island Press.

Florini received her M.P.A. in public affairs from the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University and her Ph.D. in political science from UCLA.

Mary Graham’s work at Brookings focuses on the use of transparency policies to reduce health and safety risks as well as corruption. Her latest book, Democracy by Disclosure: The Rise of Technopopulism, just published by the Brookings Institution Press/Governance Institute, investigates the rise of information disclosure as a social policy innovation and evaluates transparency’s strengths and weaknesses as a form of regulation.

Before joining Brookings and becoming co-director of the Transparency Policy Project at Harvard, Graham was a Law Center fellow at Georgetown University, and held positions in the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Office of Management and Budget. She also practiced law in Washington, D.C.

Graham received her B.A. from Harvard-Radcliffe and her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center.

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