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Melanie Sloan serves as CREW's Executive Director and is a nationally recognized expert on congressional ethics. Prior to starting CREW, she served as an Assistant United States Attorney in the District of Columbia where, from 1998-2003, she successfully tried cases before dozens of judges and juries.
Before becoming a prosecutor, Ms. Sloan served as Minority Counsel for the House Judiciary Committee, working on criminal justice issues for Ranking Member John Conyers (D-MI). Ms. Sloan also served as Counsel to the Crime Subcommittee of the House Judiciary Committee, chaired by then-Representative Charles Schumer (D-NY). There, she drafted portions of the 1994 Crime Bill, including the Violence Against Women Act. In 1993, Ms. Sloan served as Nominations Counsel to the Senate Judiciary Committee, under then-Chairman Joseph Biden (D-DE). Prior to working for the Congress, she was an associate at Howrey and Simon in Washington D.C.
Ms. Sloan received her B.A. and J.D. from the University of Chicago and has published in the Yale Law and Policy Review, and numerous other publications. Frequently called upon by national news programs to provide analysis, Ms. Sloan has appeared on shows including:NPR's All Things Considered and Morning Edition; CNN's The Situation Room, Piers Morgan Tonight and Anderson Cooper 360; MSNBC's Hardball, The Rachel Maddow Show, The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell, The Ed Show and The Dylan Ratigan Show; Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier; NBC Nightly News; CBS Evening News; ABC World News; 60 Minutes; Al Jazeera; and The Daily Show.
Ms. Sloan also regularly provides insight to newspapers, magazines and online media across the country including: The New York Times,The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Newsweek Magazine, Talking Points Memo, The Huffington Post, and the Daily Caller. Rolling Stone Magazine, named her “One of the Year's Greatest Mavericks” in 2006, and as one of “100 Agents of Change” in 2008.
Ms. Sloan has been profiled in a number of publications including: Ms. Magazine, Time Magazine and Mother Jones. She has been named one of Washington, DC’s Top Grassroots Lobbyists by The Hill for six years running and was profiled in the September 2009 issue of O Magazine as part of the “O Power List.” In 2010, the National Law Journal named Ms. Sloan one of "Washington's Most Influential Women Lawyers."
Recent opinion pieces from Melanie Sloan:
- Without Ethics Enforcement, It’s Open Season in Washington
- The IRS isn’t the only agency with an e-mail problem
- One More Reason Some People Hate the IRS (CNN.com)
- The IRS's Latest Misstep on the 501(c)(4) Front
- The Real Problem at the IRS
- No Vote of Confidence for the FEC
- Attack Ads Do Not Promote Social Welfare
- Op-Ed: Why the FEC Won’t Catch the Next Jesse Jackson, Jr. Either
- Transparency Doesn't End at the State Line
- Secret Holds Are Filibuster’s Silent Partner in Stalling
- Note to new members: Conduct still matters
- The Real Scandal Involving Generals
- Congressional Corruption a Bipartisan Affair
- Aetna's Transparency Problem
- Double Standard on Leaking Secret Government Information
- End Secret Spending by Tax-Exempt Groups
- GSA Scandal Exposes Waste - of Congress’ Time