Message From the Executive Director
2018 was a year in which the subject of public corruption and the need for integrity, transparency and accountability in government was front and center. CAPI’s unique focus on providing support and resources to those working in city and municipal governance has never been more important. We are incredibly proud of everything CAPI has accomplished this past year, among other things:
- CAPI completed our report on district attorney campaign finance reform, Raising the Bar: Ethical Problems and Possible Solutions in District Attorney Campaign Fundraising, with recommendations on when and how district attorneys should avoid situations where campaign donors are involved in cases before their office. We are continuing to develop these recommendations and hope to expand this project to other district attorneys’ offices around the country.
- CAPI and the Department of Justice’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section co-hosted a three-day Financial Investigations Seminar for local, state, and federal government employees.
- CAPI hosted prominent speakers in the public integrity field, such as Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, the first Latino elected District Attorney in New York State, who spoke about his ideas for criminal justice reform.
- We expanded our Knowledge Hub of issue briefs, community contributions, and practitioner toolkits, including important research on issues regarding both local and global corruption.
- Our community of public integrity professionals including scholars and practitioners continues to grow. We now have more than 10,840 members and our popular Weekly Corruption Digest highlights important scholarship and news articles focusing on integrity issues.
Since joining CAPI in September, I have been impressed by the stellar reputation CAPI has earned in the public integrity community. It is a privilege to be able to focus on these important, timely issues with such a dedicated group of smart, passionate people. I am so excited for what is to come in 2019. With the continued support of our advisory board, DOI, Columbia Law School, and our CAPI community, we plan to further grow as a vital resource in the critical fight for integrity in our cities. Thanks for your support and involvement in CAPI!