The Connecticut Foundation for Open Government welcomed five new board members earlier this year, growing and diversifying the organization’s leadership. Learn more about the latest board members below:
Walter Smith Randolph is the Investigative Editor at Connecticut Public, the statewide NPR and PBS public media station, where he launched and leads The Accountability Project. Walter also serves as Vice President-Broadcast of the National Association of Black Journalists. He previously served three years as NABJ’s national Treasurer. Walter is also an adjunct professor at Quinnipiac University. He is a graduate of Villanova University and the Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.
5Amanda J. Crawford is a veteran political reporter and assistant professor of journalism at the University of Connecticut, where she teaches media law, press history, and other journalism classes. Amanda’s research focuses on mis/disinformation, including conspiracy theories about mass shootings. She has had recent work published by Boston Globe Magazine, CNN, The Chronicle of Higher Education, The Conversation, and Nieman Reports. She was a national correspondent for Bloomberg News, a project writer and state government reporter at The Arizona Republic, and a metro and business reporter at The Baltimore Sun. Before UConn, she held faculty positions at the journalism schools at Western Kentucky University and Arizona State University. She was a long-time board member of the Best of the West Journalism Contest and now serves on the national board of the Journalism & Women Symposium.
Danielle L. McGee is a Staff Attorney at the Connecticut Freedom of Information Commission, an independent agency that adjudicates disputes and issues binding decisions regarding public access to government records and meetings. In that role, Danielle serves as a hearing officer, mediator, and appellate counsel. Prior to joining the Commission, Danielle represented parents of children with disabilities in special education matters. She received her B.A. from Fairfield University and her J.D. from Quinnipiac University School of Law.
Christopher Henderson is an Associate Attorney at Berchem Moses, P.C. His legal practice focuses on management-side labor and employment law. Chris serves as co-chair of the Connecticut Bar Association Government and Public Sector Committee. Chris is a graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Law where he served as Lead Articles Editor for the Quinnipiac Law Review and was the recipient of numerous academic awards. Chris is committed to fostering trust and confidence in government and believes the best kind of government is an open one.
Camila Vallejo is an award-winning reporter and communications specialist for the Eviction Lab at Princeton University, where she helps cover the national eviction crisis. Prior to joining the lab, Camila was the housing reporter for Connecticut Public Radio (WNPR) through Report for America. She focused on covering housing policy with a social justice lens. Her work has been featured on NPR’s Morning Edition, PRX’s The World, NPR’s Here and Now and more.