Co-Director, Documented
2018 Speaker • 2019 Speaker

Washington, D.C.

Lisa Graves is the co-director of Documented, which investigates corporate influence on our democracy, and the president of True North Research.

During the debate on the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh, Graves’s expert analysis was featured regularly on MSNBC’s The Last Word With Lawrence O’Donnell. Her analysis of gun policy was featured in the Paramount/BET series Rest in Power: The Trayvon Martin Story (2018).

 Graves previously led the Center for Media and Democracy, where she spearheaded the launch of the award-winning website This investigation of the American Legislative Exchange Council was spurred by a whistleblower who gave her all of the bills secretly drafted by ALEC and voted on by state legislators—but designed to benefit the council’s corporate members. She has broken many stories about billionaire Charles Koch and other special interests harming our democracy, economy and environment.

Graves previously served as deputy assistant attorney general at the U.S. Department of Justice, as chief counsel for nominations for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, and as the deputy chief for the Article III Judges Division of the U.S. Courts. As the ACLU’s senior legislative strategist, she worked on national security and civil liberties issues.

Graves has appeared or been interviewed on virtually every television network. Her research is cited in several books, and her analysis has been quoted in countless newspapers and periodicals and on numerous radio shows. She has also testified before both houses of Congress and edited briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court.