Barbara Petersen


Barbara Petersen is a graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia and Florida State University College of Law. She has been president of Florida’s First Amendment Foundation since 1995, and was previously a staff attorney for the Joint Committee on Information Technology Resources of the Florida Legislature, where she worked exclusively on public records legislation and issues.

Petersen served as chair of Florida’s Commission on Open Government Reform, and was appointed by Senate President Don Gaetz to a government transparency task force. Petersen currently serves on the boards of the National Freedom of Information Coalition, the Florida Center for Investigative Reporting, and Citizens for Sunshine. A passionate advocate of the public’s right to oversee its government, she has provided open government training to thousands of government officials, public employees, citizen action organizations, and reporters across Florida.