Washington, D.C. — Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington Chairman David Brock announced today that attorney Noah Bookbinder has been named as the new Executive Director of the watchdog organization. Bookbinder will assume his responsibilities as head of CREW on March 23rd.
“CREW has long done vitally important work to ensure accountability in Washington and to hold officials to the standards the American people expect of them,” said Bookbinder. “My work prosecuting corruption and helping to develop justice policy has instilled me with a passion to try to make our government work the way it should, and I look forward to joining with CREW and with David Brock to pursue this shared vision.”
A former federal prosecutor in the Justice Department’s Public Integrity Section and Chief Counsel for Criminal Justice of the U.S. Senate’s Judiciary Committee, Bookbinder currently works for the U.S. Sentencing Commission. He has also served as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in Washington, D.C., and as an Adjunct Professor at both Howard University and George Washington University Law Schools. He is a graduate of Yale University and Stanford Law School.
“Democracy requires honest government, and honest government requires an effective ethics watchdog on behalf of the public,” said Brock. “Noah’s background as a prosecutor and his deep experience at the Senate Judiciary Committee make him a perfect fit to lead that vital work at CREW as we continue to advance and expand our mission.”
In his position as Chief Counsel of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Bookbinder advised Chairman Patrick Leahy on a range of criminal justice issues including violent crime prevention, fraud, public corruption, and criminal justice reform, and helped manage communications during the confirmation hearings of U.S. Supreme Court Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan.
“Noah is widely respected in the Justice Department and on Capitol Hill because he has shaped government ethics as both a litigator and a policy maker,” said Ronald Weich, dean of the University of Baltimore School of Law and a former Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs. “His experience makes him an ideal leader for CREW as it works to hold public officials accountable and strengthen government integrity.”
While serving at the Justice Department, he investigated and prosecuted federal public corruption cases ranging from bribery and contracting fraud to international immigration fraud schemes, including the successful prosecution of a large immigration fraud ring involving two State Department employees and nine visa brokers.
Established in 2003, CREW is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to promoting ethics and accountability in government and public life. CREW advances its mission using a combination of research, litigation, policy advocacy, and media outreach.