Associate Director, Governance Program
District of Columbia
Lara Flint is Associate Director of the Governance Program at Democracy Fund, a bipartisan foundation working to strengthen American democracy. She has worked on technology, national security, and privacy for more than 15 years in legal, policy and government roles, including a decade on Capitol Hill. Most recently she served as chief counsel for national security to then-Chairman Patrick Leahy of the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she was instrumental to enactment of the USA FREEDOM Act of 2015 — the first major surveillance reform legislation in decades. She also has served as senior counsel to Senator Russ Feingold, and as an attorney in the State Department Office of the Legal Adviser, where she advised senior officials on cutting-edge counterterrorism, law of war, and use of force issues. Prior to her government service, Lara worked at the Center for Democracy & Technology, and at the law firm of Jenner & Block. She is a graduate of the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University, and Harvard Law School.