The FLCGA provides support and assistance for citizens and investigative journalists working to ensure government accountability and transparency

Meet the team

Attorney Barbara Petersen has 25-plus years open government law and nonprofit administration experience and serves as FLCGA’s Executive Director.

Barbara Petersen

Michael Barfield focuses on the enforcement of open government laws and is a frequent lecturer on Florida’s Public Records Act and Sunshine Law. Michael currently serves as President of the ACLU of Florida. He is a life member of the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and received the President’s Extra Mile award in 2008 for work related to indigent criminal defense.

Michael Barfield

CD Davidson-Hiers is a Florida journalist whose work connecting seniors with COVID-19 vaccines in January attracted national attention. As Programs Coordinator, she oversees public access records requests to ensure open government in the Sunshine State.

CD Davidson-Hiers

Bob Norman is a veteran Florida journalist whose work exposing corruption has led to indictments of several public officials and the removal of misbehaving judges from the bench. He began reporting in Florida in 1993, with tenures at the Fort Myers News-Press, the New Times, and investigative reporter for WPLG-Channel 10 in Miami. Now a contributing writer for Columbia Journalism Review and the Washingtonian, Norman has received dozens of journalism honors, including the Livingston Award.

Bob Norman

Writer, editor and educator Catherine Parnell provides project support and website management as well as implementing FLCGA’s social media strategy.

Catherine Parnell