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About This Resource

This project is led by Lisa Graves, an expert on the history of the Independent Women’s Forum and the Independent Women’s Voice, who has been writing about IWF/V since 2016. Here are some of her articles about IWF/V:

This clearinghouse for information about IWF/V draws its content primarily from Graves’ ongoing research and her prior work at the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD).

This website project will be updated regularly with new analysis, plus excerpts from key reporting.

Project Team

Graves leads this project. She is the Executive Director of True North Research, a watchdog group that defends democracy.

She is the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Center for Media and Democracy where she worked for eight years as Executive Director. At CMD, she launched the award-winning ALECexposed.org project and conceived of and conducted numerous other major national investigations. She was the editor-in-chief of all of its publications: PRWatch, SourceWatch, ExposedbyCMD, and more.

Among her other prior leadership roles, Graves led a team of attorneys and aides as Chief Counsel for Nominations for the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee. She also served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Office of Policy Development at the U.S. Department of Justice, where she worked on judicial nominations and handled an array of legal policy issues, such as the Violence Against Women Act. She also served as the Deputy Chief of the Article III Judges Division of the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts and as an adjunct law professor. Graves was also the senior legislative strategist for the ACLU on national security issues.

In law school at Cornell, she was chosen to co-lead the Women’s Law Coalition, and she worked on the Cornell Legal Aid Clinic’s Women and Law project.

Her research and analysis on corporate influence, dark money in elections, the activities of Charles Koch and his network, and more are featured in major films, books, news shows, newspapers, and news magazines. To arrange an interview, please contact this project’s communications team here.

Research and Outreach Team

The principle researcher on this website project alongside Lisa is Evan Vorpahl. Alyssa Bowen also contributes research to this project along with Max Abbott.

Other Key Research

Others whose research or analysis has helped inform some of the findings here include: Kim Haddow, the founder of the Local Solutions Support Center; Calvin Sloan, a freelance writer working on his first book; Arn Pearson, the Executive Director of CMD; David Armiak, CMD’s Research Director; and R.J. Eskow, the writer who created The Zero Hour.


Please note: this site, www.independentwomensforum.org, is a forum for the voices of independent women who are not beholden to corporate agendas or Charles Koch. It is certainly not affiliated with the organizations calling themselves Independent Women’s Forum and Independent Women’s Voice or with the websites IWF.org and IWV.org.

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