35+ Years of Freedom of Information Action

Lauren Harper

Director of Public Policy and Open Government Affairs
FOIA; US government compliance with FOIA; social media; Middle East

Lauren Harper is the Director of Public Policy & Open Government Affairs at the National Security Archive. She has been with the Archive since 2011, and in her current role helps develop the Archive’s public policy positions, maintains key relationships within the federal government and open government community, and serves as one of the organization’s chief public spokespersons on access to information and secrecy issues.

Harper has co-authored eight of the Archive's FOIA audits, including 2019's "25-Year-Old FOIA Request Confirms FOIA Delays Continue Unabated" and 2018's "Agencies Struggling to Respond to FOIA Requests for Email," and has authored or contributed to dozens of other National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Books. She also writes regularly for the Archive's blog, Unredacted, on a wide-range of FOIA and national security issues, and manages all of the Archive's social media accounts.

Harper also oversees the Archive’s Afghanistan Project, and works with Research Assistant Claire Harvey to identify and obtain documents on the US war in Afghanistan.

She holds a Master of Arts degree in Middle Eastern Studies and a Master of Public Policy degree, both from the University of Chicago, and received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Scripps College. She is a member in good standing of the American Society of Access Professionals.