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

Investigative reporter, editor and author, Tristram Korten is Director of FLCGA’s Journalism Program and Journalist at Large, reporting directly to the executive director and board. Korten developed a team of investigative journalists and editors to work with FLCGA on its journalism initiatives.

Tristram Korten

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. She joined FLCGA as a research assistant to aid in the enforcement of open government in the Sunshine State.

CD Davidson-Hiers

Writer, editor and educator Catherine Parnell serves as Administrative Coordinator providing project support as well as planning, implementing and monitoring FLCGA’s social media strategy.

Catherine Parnell