April 11, 2014 – Ellen Miller shared her journey from Kentucky to one of the leading forces creating government transparency through technology in a Kentucky to the World event modertated by Ted Smith.


Ellen S. Miller is the co-founder and executive director of the Sunlight Foundation, a Washington-based, non-partisan non-profit dedicated to using the power of the internet to catalyze greater government openness and transparency. She is the founder of two other prominent Washington-based organizations in the field of money and politics – the Center for Responsive Politics and Public Campaign — and a nationally recognized expert on transparency and the influence of money in politics. Her experience as a Washington advocate for more than 35 years spans the worlds of non-profit advocacy, grassroots activism and journalism.

Ms. Miller’s work has recently been featured by 2013 Campaigns & Elections Magazine, “CampaignTech Nonpartisan Innovator;” in Government Technology, “Top 25 Doers, Dreamers & Drivers in Public Sector Innovation,” March 2011; Washingtonian Magazine, “100 Tech Titans,” May, 2009; Fast Company, “The Most Influential Women in Technology,” January, 2009; WIRED Magazine, “15 People The Next President Should Listen To,” October, 2008; The Chronicle of Philanthropy, “Seeking Online Exposure,” January, 2008. Ms. Miller also served as deputy director of Campaign for America’s Future, was the publisher of TomPaine.com and was a senior fellow at The American Prospect. She spent nearly a decade working on Capitol Hill.

Ellen Miller is a native Kentuckian having been raised in both Bardstown and Louisville. She has maintained her close Kentucky ties over the years even though she and her family live in Washington, D.C. Ellen serves on the Board of Directors of the Sunlight Foundation, Publish What You Fund, the Center for Responsive Politics and Heaven Hill Distilleries. She is a Trustee of the Awesome Foundation, Washington, D.C. and is a member of the Policy Advisory Council of Transparency International, U.S.