Bill Pease joins the Sunlight Foundation
September 19, 2012
The Sunlight Foundation is expanding its presence on the West Coast with
the hiring of Bill Pease as our first full-time employee in California.
Pease, a software entrepreneur who served as Chief Scientist at
GoodGuide and founded GetActive Software, will serve as Sunlight’s
“evangelist” to Silicon Valley, as well as funders and partners
throughout the Western United States.
Pease has been a leader in the use of information disclosure in support
of social change for more than 20 years. He has actively promoted
transparency since creating scorecard.org for the Environmental Defense
Fund in the 1990s. This popular environmental information service
spotlights the top polluters in local communities and integrates
hundreds of data sets about the health effects of toxic chemicals. Most
recently, Bill was Chief Scientist at GoodGuide, where he led an
ambitious project to provide consumers with information about the
health, environmental and social impacts of products at the point of
“Transparency is not just a Beltway buzzword, it affects every citizen
and all levels of government and business. With Bill on board, the
information services and technology used by Sunlight to shine a light on
Washington can be shared with the developers, companies and investors of
Silicon Valley,” said Ellen S. Miller, co-founder and executive director
of the Sunlight Foundation.
“I look forward to increasing the collaboration between Sunlight and the
West Coast tech community. I know first-hand how open data and public
disclosure can improve people’s lives, and believe Sunlight is the
leader in winning policy change and developing the technology platforms
needed to make government accountable to citizens,” said Bill Pease.
2000, Pease founded GetActive Software, where he was chief executive
officer and chief technology officer. He sold his company to Convio in
2007 and the combined companies went public in 2010. At GetActive, he
developed a software-as-a-service platform that web-enabled the
membership activities of nonprofit organizations including the AFL-CIO,
the National Association of Realtors and Planned Parenthood Federation
of America. He also recently participated in the sale of GoodGuide to
Bill’s academic background is in environmental sciences, quantitative
risk assessment and informatics. He has taught on the faculty at the
School of Public Health, University of California at Berkeley. Bill
holds a BA from Yale University, an MS in Energy and Resources and a PhD
in Environmental Health Sciences from UC Berkeley. Bill was a Rhodes
Scholar at Oxford University, England.