Who We Are


Restore Public Trust is a non-partisan public interest group focused on exposing corruption and malfeasance at the highest levels of government. We strive to educate the public and policymakers on these important issues. We are a critical resource for elected officials investigating public corruption; Americans looking for more information about what their government is or isn’t doing to advocate on their behalf; and journalists examining the alleged malfeasance of government officials.



Caroline Ciccone

Executive Director

Caroline has over a decade of experience developing, sharpening, and communicating effective messages within the worlds of politics and government. She comes to Restore Public Trust from Precision Strategies, the strategic consulting firm. At Precision, Caroline worked with private and non-profit organizations to develop strategic communications plans, craft compelling narratives around their work, and make sure their messages reached the audiences that matter to them most.


Before Precision, Caroline served as the Executive Director of Americans United for Change, an issue advocacy organization, where she collaborated with partner organizations to advance policies like raising the minimum wage and immigration reform. Before that, Caroline served in the Office of Communications and Public Liaison at the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), where she communicated to America’s small businesses the resources available to them through the federal government, while also promoting President Obama’s work to strengthen the economy and support America’s entrepreneurs.


Prior to her time at SBA, Caroline served under three different Chairs at the Democratic National Committee in a variety of capacities, including Deputy Communications Director. Throughout her time at the DNC, Caroline served as a spokesperson and helped manage the communications efforts around major party initiatives such as the presidential nominating process and the announcement of Charlotte as the host of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Caroline started her career in the press office of Senator Barbara Boxer.

Advisory Board


Shripal Shah

Shripal Shah is a veteran Democratic strategist with nearly 15 years of experience on federal campaigns. He is currently Vice President of the Super PAC American Bridge 21st Century where he oversees the organization’s day to day operations and Senate, House, Gubernatorial and Trump Administration programs. During the 2016 election cycle, Shah served as the Communications Director for Senate Majority PAC and also managed the group’s multi-million dollar digital advertising portfolio. In 2014, he served as both Communications Director and later Deputy Campaign Manager for Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH). He is also an alum of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the Democratic National Committee. Shah is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University.

Melissa (Bruns) Bonine

Melissa (Bruns) Bonine is an expert in operations and organizational management for progressive groups. She previously served as the operations manager for Senator Chris Van Hollen, director of scheduling and advance at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development during the Obama Administration, and she has worked in Congressional offices in both the Senate and House of Representatives.

Melanie Sloan

Melanie Sloan is senior advisor to the watchdog group American Oversight and started Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), which she led for more than a decade. During her tenure at CREW, Ms. Magazine referred to Sloan as the “most feared woman in Washington,” she was named one of Washington’s top grassroots lobbyists by The Hill for six consecutive years, and Rolling Stone included her as one of its “100 Agents of Change.” Sloan is also a former federal prosecutor and Capitol Hill staffer, serving on both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees.

Brad Woodhouse

Brad Woodhouse is a leading Democratic strategist who currently serves as Executive Director of the health care advocacy group Protect Our Care. He has a long history of running progressive organizations in Washington, including having previously served as President of the advocacy group Americans United for Change and the Super Pac’s American Bridge and Correct the Record. He served as a senior strategist for President Obama’s two campaigns for president and as Communications Director for the Democratic National Committee (DNC), and as a DNC Senior Adviser and surrogate for the Obama for America campaign during the 2008 general election. Before his work in national presidential politics, Woodhouse served as an adviser to and spokesperson for then-U.S. Senator Jon Corzine (D-NJ), and prior to that, as Communications Director for the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee during the 2004 election cycle.

Kyle Herrig

Kyle Herrig is a Director at the New Venture Fund where he oversees research and strategic communications for a number of progressive projects. Kyle co-founded and currently advises several accountability organizations, including Allied Progress, Equity Forward and Fix the Court. He also advises Western Values Project, a Montana-based conservation organization, on its congressional and administrative strategies. Kyle helped launch and currently serves on the board of American Oversight, an accountability organization that leverages the power of open records requests and the courts to hold the administration accountable. Previously, he served as an attorney both in the philanthropic sector and in private practice.

We’re Hiring!

We’re looking for strong candidates to join our team. If you are interested in a position at Restore Public Trust, please send your resume and a cover letter to