30+ Years of Freedom of Information Action

Lauren Harper

Director of Communications
Focus: 
FOIA; US government compliance with FOIA; social media; Middle East

Lauren Harper is the Director of Communications at the National Security Archive. Harper has been with the Archive since 2011, and has co-authored five of the Archive's FOIA audits, including 2016's "Saving Government Email an Open Question with December 2016 Deadline Looming," 2015's "Most Agencies Falling Short on Mandate for Online Records," and 2014's "Half of Federal Agencies Still Use Outdated Freedom of Information Regulations." Harper has authored or contributed to a number of National Security Archive Electronic Briefing Books, and writes regularly for the Archive's blog, Unredacted, on a wide-range of FOIA and national security issues.

Harper also manages all of the Archive's social media accounts, coordinates its library outreach, and is a member in good standing of the American Society of Access Professionals.

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.