Advisory board

Don Gemberling, J.D.
Don Gemberling began working with issues of transparency, governmental accountability, the implications of technology on humans, and data privacy in 1973. For over thirty years he was the only staff or managed functions in the state Department of Administration that involved helping government agencies comply with the Data Practices Act and related law and citizens with exercising their rights under those laws. He is currently on the Board of the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information, and serves as its spokesperson. He graduated from Macalester College and William Mitchell College of Law.

JT Haines, J.D.
JT Haines is a 2000 graduate of the University of Virginia Law School and former attorney with Dorsey & Whitney in Minneapolis, JT holds a Masters in Public Policy with a concentration on social policy from the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs. He served as Special Counsel to PRM from 2012-2015, and is currenly a labor negotiator in Duluth, Minnesota.

Professor Mark McKenna, J.D.
Mark P. McKenna is a professor at Notre Dame Law School, where he teaches and writes in the area of intellectual property. Professor McKenna is widely recognized as a leading scholar in the trademark area, having published a number of articles in leading law journals on the topic of trademark law. He has also written about design patent, copyright, the right of publicity, and the intersection of intellectual property rights regimes.

Prior to joining the faculty at Notre Dame, Professor McKenna was a member of the faculty at Saint Louis University School of Law and practiced law with an intellectual property firm in Chicago. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame in 1997 with a degree in Economics and earned his J.D. from the University of Virginia School of Law in 2000.

Mary Treacy
Mary is a former librarian and past executive director of the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information.  She is a graduate of the College of St. Catherine, and later earned an MS in Library Science.  Mary served as the director of Metronet,  a collaboration of nearly 600 public, academic, corporate, medical, and other libraries and information services in the Twin Cities.

Today, Mary works with the Washington DC-based transparency organization Open the Government, and writes for the Twin Cities Daily Planet.