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2020 Steering Committee
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Steve Berlin, President

Steve Berlin was appointed as the Executive Director of the Board of Ethics and confirmed by the City Council in December 2008. Before that appointment, he served as the Board’s Acting Executive Director, from October 2006, and began his City career in September 1993 as the Board’s Deputy Director. In his years with the City, he has implemented several changes to the City’s ethics and campaign financing laws, including a recent major overhaul, under Mayor Rahm Emanuel, and has advised tens of thousands of City employees, officials, lobbyists and contractors on complying with the letter and spirit of the City’s ethics laws.

Steve appears regularly at conferences and panels as an expert on ethics in government, has authored several articles, was recently elected to a 3-year term as a member of the Steering Committee of COGEL (the Council on Government Ethics Laws, an international organization), and heads COGEL’s Publications Committee. In June 2012, he served as a State Department Legislative Fellow in the Republic of Georgia, advising officials there on establishing and maintaining government ethics institutions, and also served as an adviser to the Lt. Governor's committee to rewrite the Illinois Governmental Ethics Act. He is a member of the Chicago Bar Association's Government Lawyer Committee.

He received his J.D. in 1984 from Northwestern University's School of Law, and received his B.A. in history, cum laude, from Amherst College in 1980. In 1991, he earned an M.A. in Ethics from the University of Chicago’s Divinity School. He began his legal career with Altheimer & Gray in 1984 and then worked for Rudnick & Wolfe (now DLA Piper), both in Chicago. He also worked as Research Attorney for the American Judicature Society, and was a Fellow with the Park Ridge Center for Health, Faith and Ethics. From 1991-2013, he taught Business Ethics and the Arts as an Adjunct Professor at Columbia College Chicago. 

Steve is both a Cubs and White Sox fan, living proof that this is indeed possible.

Term of office expires December 2021


Jason Gramitt, President-Elect

Jason Gramitt is the Executive Director and Chief Prosecutor of the Rhode Island Ethics Commission, a constitutionally-created, independent state agency that is responsible for both adopting and enforcing a Code of Ethics for state and municipal public officials and employees. He has been employed by the Ethics Commission since 2001 in various capacities such as prosecutor, staff attorney and education coordinator. Before joining the Ethics Commission, Jason practiced law as a litigator and appellate advocate for a Providence law firm. He is an adjunct faculty member at Johnson and Wales University where he teaches courses in Business Ethics and Global Ethics. Jason is a graduate of Ohio University and Roger Williams University School of Law. In his free time, Jason plays guitar and think about ways to improve financial disclosure.

Term of office expires December 2022


Anton Boegman, Treasurer

Anton Boegman was appointed as the Chief Electoral Officer of British Columbia on June 1, 2018. Acknowledged as an innovator, and passionate about elections, Anton’s main focus has been reducing accessibility barriers to voting, and improving services to voters and other electoral stakeholders.

For over a decade he has been immersed in the requirements of election administration. Since joining Elections BC in 2004, Anton has worked in increasingly senior positions, assuming the role of Deputy Chief Electoral Officer (Electoral Operations) in 2011. He has a comprehensive and detailed understanding of electoral principles, legislation and operations, as well as voter registration and electoral geography. A planning expert, he co-developed Elections BC’s unique electoral planning framework, elements of which have been adopted by other Canadian electoral agencies. Anton has significant experience in the administration of electoral events. He has played a key senior leadership role in the operational delivery of the past three provincial general elections, two vote-by-mail referendums, a plebiscite, and nine provincial by-elections.

A strong supporter of building the election community body of knowledge, Anton is on the Steering Committee for the Council on Government Ethics Laws (COGEL), an international organization dedicated to furthering best practices in government ethics, freedom of information, campaign finance and elections. He has presented at international election conferences, and is the lead operations instructor with the Canadian Society for Election Official Training.

Prior to joining Elections BC, Anton served seven years as a naval officer with the Royal Canadian Navy, was part of the initial start-up administration at Royal Roads University, worked as a technology project manager in the post-secondary education field, and worked privately as a management consultant. He graduated from the Royal Military College of Canada in 1988 with a Bachelor of Arts, and obtained a Master of Business Administration from Athabasca University in 2001. He also is a certified project management professional (PMP), and has been a member of the Project Management Institute since 2003.

Term of office expires December 2020


Paul Nick, Immediate Past President

Paul M. Nick serves as the Executive Director of the Ohio Ethics Commission where he oversees the state-wide responsibilities of the Commission. Mr. Nick joined the Ethics Commission in 1995 as its Investigative Counsel, was promoted to Chief Investigative Attorney in 2000 and then appointed as the Executive Director since 2011. Before joining the Ethics Commission staff, Mr. Nick served with the Columbus City Attorney’s Office as an assistant city prosecutor and then assistant city attorney in the civil division. Mr. Nick received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and his Juris Doctor from the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University.

Term of office expires December 2020


Wesley Bizzell

Wes Bizzell is Senior Assistant General Counsel, External Affairs and Managing Director of Political Law and Ethics Programs for Altria Client Services LLC, where he provides in-house legal counsel on matters relating to the political, legislative, and lobbying activities of Altria Group, Inc., its services companies, including ALCS, and its operating companies, including Philip Morris USA Inc., U.S. Smokeless Tobacco Co. LLC, John Middleton Co., and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates Ltd. In this role, his work includes responsibility for ensuring the companies’ compliance with federal, state, and local laws and regulations in the areas of campaign finance, government ethics, lobbying disclosure and reporting, and charitable giving. Wes previously was an attorney at Winston & Strawn and served on Capitol Hill for over six years as an aide to U.S. Senators David Pryor and Dale Bumpers. He chairs the Conference Board’s Committee on Corporate Political Spending and is a longtime faculty member for the Practicing Law Institute’s annual Corporate Political Activities conference. Active in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within the legal and corporate communities, Wes also serves as President of the National LGBT Bar Association and was named by London’s Financial Times as one of the 100 worldwide OUTstanding Leading LGBT+ Corporate Executives for his work. In 2019, he was named the 2019 LGBT+ Equality Lawyer of the Year for his commitment to LGBT diversity programs and his efforts to advance LGBT+ professionals in the law. Wes served for four years as co-chair of the COGEL Program Committee and was awarded the COGEL Award in 2018. Wes graduated with a B.A. in justice from American University and received a Master of Social Work from the Catholic University of America. He received his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center.


Term of office expires December 2024


Matthew Bobys

Matthew Bobys is Counsel at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP in Washington, D.C. He advises business clients across numerous industries on matters relating to government affairs at the federal, state, and local levels, with particular emphasis on laws relating to campaign finance, pay-to-play, lobbying, government ethics, gifts and entertainment, and conflicts of interest. He repeatedly has been selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He received a B.A. in Religion and Sociology from Grinnell College, and a J.D. from Harvard Law School.

Term of office expires December 2020


David Goodis

David Goodis is Assistant Commissioner with the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario, which oversees the province’s freedom of information and privacy legislation. David is a graduate of Western University’s law school, and has represented the office in hearings before all levels of court including the Supreme Court of Canada. He previously held the positions of Director of Legal Services and Senior Adjudicator with the IPC. David has been a long-standing contributor to COGEL’s FOI program area, and is on the faculty of two law schools in Ontario. David is also the author of an annual compilation of FOI cases under Ontario’s freedom of information law.

Term of office expires December 2021


Justin Gordon

Justin Gordon currently serves as the chief of the Open Records Division of the Office of the Attorney General of Texas, and he has held this role since 2015.  The Open Records Division is a 60-person division that handles a wide range of Texas Public Information Act issues, including administrative rulings, complaint enforcement, and open government education.  The Open Records Division also hosts an annual Open Government Conference attended by hundreds of Texas government employees.  In 2006, Justin began his legal career in the division he now leads at the Office of the Attorney General of Texas.  In that role, he reviewed and drafted thousands of public information legal opinions as a drafting attorney and later as a senior managing attorney.  In 2011, Justin joined the Office of the Governor of Texas where he was an assistant general counsel in the General Counsel Division.  At the Office of the Governor of Texas, he was responsible for a number of legal areas, including public information, open meetings, contracting, and economic development.  After four years in the Governor’s Office, Justin re-joined the Open Records Division as the division chief.  Justin earned a B.A. from The University of Texas at Austin in 2002 and a J.D. from Baylor Law School in 2005. 

Term of office expires December 2024


Ashley Kemp

Ashley Kemp is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Ethics Commission having previously served as its Deputy Director. The Commission enacts Ethics Laws for the State of Oklahoma and enforces those laws. During her time at the Commission, the Commission rewrote and replaced the Ethics Laws for the State of Oklahoma, implemented a new online reporting system, a robust continuing education program, and initiated an intermediate level of enforcement of its Rules using Compliance Orders and an administrative hearing process. A graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law, Ashley previously served as General Counsel to the Oklahoma House of Representatives, Deputy General Counsel to the Oklahoma Health Care Authority, and Assistant General Counsel to the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

Term of office expires December 2021


 

Nancy S. Nicolescu

Nancy Nicolescu is the Director of Education and Communications for the Connecticut Office of State Ethics.  The Office of State Ethics is charged with administering the Code of Ethics for state-wide elected and public officials, state employees, lobbyists and contractors. 

Nancy is a highly effective communicator, trainer and media spokesperson.  She is an executive team member with a demonstrated ability to develop and implement regulatory and policy initiatives.  Nancy offers almost 25 years of experience and knowledge serving the public sector.  She is passionate and highly valued for her expertise as a legislative advisor and trainer. 

Formerly employed by the State Elections Enforcement Commission as a member of senior management, she was responsible for the administration of public campaign financing through the Citizen’s Election Program, which provides grants to General Assembly candidates and Constitutional Officers. 

She currently serves as a Director for the Females’ Center of Excellence and Leadership; a Judge for the School for Ethical Education, Laws of Life Essay Program; and a statewide Trainer for the Connecticut Training and Development Network. She recently completed two terms as the Vice-Chair of the Connecticut Management Advisory Council.

Term of office expires December 2022  


Jabu Sengova

Jabu M. Sengova is the Ethics Officer for the City of Atlanta and in this role, she provides leadership and direction in the areas of ethics advice and training, public education and outreach, financial disclosure filings, and enforcement of ethics cases. Ms. Sengova brings her passion, experience and commitment to building a strong ethical culture in Atlanta city government. Ms. Sengova earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from South Carolina State University and her law degree from the University of Florida; and she is barred in Georgia and Florida. She is a member of both local and national ethics and compliance organizations. Ms. Sengova received the Atlanta Bar Association's prestigious Public Service Award in October 2017.

Term of office expires December 2022


Elizabeth Ziegler

Liz Ziegler is the Executive Director of the Missouri Ethics Commission where she oversees staff and is responsible for the planning, direction, and coordination of the Commission’s statutorily required activities and services related to the Commission’s administration of its campaign finance, lobbying, personal financial disclosure, FOIA compliance, and enforcement programs. Beginning in 2006 and prior to her appointment as the Ethics Commission’s Chief Officer in July 2018, Liz served as the Commission’s General Counsel.  Since 2008 she also has served as a member of the Regular Adjunct Faculty at Columbia College. Liz previously served as Executive Director of the Missouri Office of Prosecution Services from 1993 to 2006, where her duties included providing training and technical assistance for 115 county prosecuting attorneys and their staffs and acting as Administrator with the Missouri Witness Protection Program. She also served as Assistant Attorney General with the State of Missouri from 1985 through 1993, including as Unit Head of the Criminal Appeals Unit. Liz has been an active member of COGEL for 13 years, during which time she served as a member of the Program Committee for four years, served on the Awards Committee, and moderated or participated in a number of conference panels. Liz earned her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Cincinnati and a J.D.  from the University of Akron School of Law.

Term of office expires December 2024


Executive Director:

Christina Bauders
cbauders@cogel.org