Lisa Graves is the Executive Director of True North and its editor-in-chief. She has spearheaded several major breakthrough investigations into those distorting American democracy and public policy.

Her research and analysis have been cited by every major paper in the country, and featured in critically acclaimed books and documentaries.

Her more detailed bio, which includes serving as Deputy Assistant Attorney General at the U.S. Department of Justice, as the Chief Counsel for Nominations for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and in other leadership posts, is available here.

She has appeared frequently on MSNBC as a guest on Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell as well as on other MSNBC shows. She has also served as a guest expert on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNBC, BBC, C-SPAN, Amy Goodman’s Democracy Now!, the Laura Flanders Show, and other news shows.

She’s written for Slate, TIME, the Nation, In These Times, the Progressive, PRWatch, Common Dreams, Yes!, and other outlets.

Her research is cited in major books such as Dark Money by Jane Mayer, Give Us the Ballot by Ari Berman, Corporate Citizen by Ciara Torres-Spelliscy, The Fall of Wisconsin by Dan Kaufman, and others.

She is featured in Ava Du Vernay’s film, The 13th, which won four Emmy awards and was nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary. She also appeared in Showtime’s Years of Living Dangerously with America Ferrera, in a documentary narrated by Bill Moyers “The United States of ALEC,” in Paramount/BET’s Rest in Power: the Trayvon Martin Story, and other films.

Her analysis has been cited in Pod Save America, Newsweek, Vice, Wired, Vanity Fair, Politico, Business Week, Rolling Stone, Roll Call, Newsday, Congressional Quarterly, National Journal, Legal Times, the Atlantic, Mother Jones, In These Times, The Nation, The Progressive, and more.

Her analysis has been quoted in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, the Guardian, Bloomberg, Reuters, The Associated Press, The Chicago Tribune, The Boston Globe, USA Today, The Toronto Star, Agence France-Presse, and other major newspapers. 

She has been a featured guest on major radio programs, including NPR’s Fresh Air, Morning Edition, and Marketplace Report, on the BBC, CBC, and Deutschlandfunk.

She has done many interviews on Background Briefing with Ian Masters, Duncan Campbell’s public radio hour, the Zero Hour with R.J. Eskow, the Nicole Sanders Show, the Thom Hartmann Show, the Matthew Filipowicz Show, and more.

She has also testified before both houses of Congress and edited briefs for the Supreme Court.


“The 13th,” a FILM Directed by Ava Du Vernay, Released by NETFLIX 

Lisa’s research and analysis was featured in this 2016 film, which won four Emmy Awards and was nominated for an Oscar in 2017 for Best Documentary Film.



Lisa’s research and analysis was featured in an episode of the Showtime series “Years of Living Dangerously” about climate change deniers like the Heartland Institute, ALEC (the American Legislative Exchange Council), and more.

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