“OpenSecrets is ready to help our democracy meet historic challenges because it can build on Sheila’s decades of work and its exceptional staff.”
WASHINGTON, May 9, 2023 – OpenSecrets announced that its long-time Executive Director Sheila Krumholz will be leaving her role later this year, after three decades of outstanding service building and leading the nation’s premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. The Board of Directors is commencing a nationwide search for a new leader.
“I am incredibly proud of all that we have accomplished together at OpenSecrets, shedding light on the role of money in our democracy,” said Krumholz. “After 30-plus years, including seventeen years as executive director and the hard work of a merger, I want to step back from day-to-day challenges to take a breath — and focus in new ways on the challenges facing our democracy,” Krumholz will stay on in a senior role with OpenSecrets through the end of the year.
Krumholz has served as the executive director of OpenSecrets since its creation in 2021, following a merger of the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP) and the National Institute on Money in Politics. Under her leadership, OpenSecrets has merged these two extraordinary repositories of research and data on money in politics to become the nation’s only source of comprehensive, unbiased campaign finance information covering decades of elections at the state and federal level.
Krumholz joined CRP in 1989, moving up to become its research director and then serving as its executive director from 2006 to 2021. Throughout her tenure at OpenSecrets, Krumholz has been a tireless advocate for transparency and accountability in our democracy. OpenSecrets gives every American a chance to “follow the money” — and offers journalists, scholars, advocates and public officials cost-free access to original and enhanced data, as well as customized tools and websites with which to study them.
“OpenSecrets is ready to help our democracy meet historic challenges because it can build on Sheila’s decades of work and its exceptional staff,” said Bert Brandenburg, chair of the board of directors. “OpenSecrets fills a crucial and unique place in our democracy, and we’ll be recruiting a new leader in the coming months to help our nation meet the challenges posed by changes in American politics, policy, demographics, and democratic participation.”
The nationwide search for a new executive director is being conducted with support from Koya Partners, part of Diversified Search Group. Krumholz will work closely with the organization’s board and staff to ensure a smooth transition.
Nonpartisan, independent and nonprofit, OpenSecrets is the nation’s premier research group tracking money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy. Our mission is to track the flow of money in American politics and provide the data and analysis to strengthen democracy. Our vision is for Americans to use this knowledge to create a more vibrant, representative and accountable democracy.
OpenSecrets and its predecessor organizations have received numerous public awards and citations, including the David C. Rothman Award for Protecting American Democracy, the MacArthur Award for Creative and Effective Institutions, and the Society of Professional Journalists’ award for Public Service in Online Journalism.