Board of Advisors

The Data Transparency Coalition is steered by a Board of Advisors.


Mike Atkin

Greg Bateman

Gila Bronner

Geoff Davis

Timothy Day

Earl Devaney

Jonathan Elliott

Eric Gillespie

Joel Gurin

Jim Harper

Don McCrory

Campbell Pryde

Richard Soley

Mike Starr



Mike Atkin has been a professional facilitator and financial information industry advocate for over 20 years. He is currently the Managing Director for the Enterprise Data Management Council – a business forum for financial institutions, data originators and vendors on the strategy and tactics of managing data as an enterprise-wide asset. Mike is an active participant in standards initiatives and has been involved with many organizations including the Reference Data Coalition (REDAC), the Securities and Financial Information Markets Association (SIFMA), the Association of National Numbering Agencies (ANNA) and the UK Reference Data User Group (RDUG). He was also a member of the SEC’s Advisory Committee on Market Data and a member of both ISO TC68 and ANSI X9D. Mike has been the Managing Director of the EDM Council since February 2006.




Gila J. Bronner, CPA, is President and CEO of Bronner Group, LLC, a woman-owned, multi-disciplined professional services company that delivers comprehensive strategy, transformation and accountability consulting services to state and local governments and federal agencies. Throughout her distinguished career, Ms. Bronner has assisted several hundred government entities throughout the United States and Puerto Rico in streamlining business practices, conducting extensive management audits, improving financial management processes, implementing new enterprise systems, improving internal controls, and developing strong public oversight and accountability mechanisms.

Ms. Bronner is highly respected by government lawmakers and regulators as an expert on auditor independence and related accountability and internal control issues and is a nationally recognized authority on governmental accounting, auditing, compliance and oversight. She has written and lectured extensively on the subjects of auditor independence, government efficiency, performance management, grants management, homeland safety, and is a recognized thought leader on public sector implementation and compliance issues associated with the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

Ms. Bronner has comprehensive experience as a board member and deep knowledge of institutional governance. She currently serves or has served on numerous significant civic and professional boards, as well as several independent oversight and advisory commissions. Ms. Bronner has also served on numerous transition teams at the State and local levels of government. In addition, she participated as a member of the VA-DOD reinvention team during the Clinton/Gore National Performance Review.

Pursuant to a Presidential appointment, Ms. Bronner has served as a member of the governing board of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. Ms. Bronner formerly chaired the Museum’s Audit Committee and Finance Committee and is also a current or former member of the Museum’s Executive, Ad-Hoc, Investment, Audit, Finance, and Strategic Planning Committees. She also served as an initial member of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s (NASA) Advisory Council, Financial Audit Committee (FAC).



Greg Bateman is the Senior Director, Acquisition Programs, Policy and Strategy for Microsoft Federal.  In this role, he leads a team of former industry and federal government leaders tasked with engaging Executive Branch agencies to share private sector best practices on efficient operations of large organizations.    


Through June of 2010, Mr. Bateman was the Director, Joint/Defense Agencies.  In this role, Mr. Bateman led a team with overall responsibility for Microsoft’s relationship with the various DOD agencies, combatant commanders, and executive organizations such as the Office of the Secretary of Defense and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. 


Prior to taking this position, Mr. Bateman had responsibility for Microsoft’s relationship with the US Marine Corps and served as the Program Manager for Microsoft’s participation in the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet (NMCI) program. 


Previously, Mr. Bateman has had several roles at Microsoft, starting in 1997, when he joined Microsoft’s commercial practice in Washington, DC.  Mr. Bateman has had a long career in the IT industry, having served in various positions at Oracle Corporation, TIBCO Software and BTG. 


Mr. Bateman has a Master’s of Business Administration from the Robert H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, College Park and an undergraduate degree in International Studies from Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.  He considers himself a news junkie and is lifelong student of international affairs.  He is based in the Washington, DC area, where he lives with his family.




Geoff Davis served as a U.S. Representative from 2005-2012. During his tenure in Congress, he held a leadership role within the Republican Conference as a Deputy Whip. Davis served on the House Financial Services and Armed Services Committees from 2005 to 2008, and then was appointed to the Ways & Means Committee in 2009.

In the 112th Congress, Davis was named Chairman of the Ways & Means’ Subcommittee on Human Resources, which has jurisdiction over a wide range of federal programs, including unemployment insurance, temporary assistance for needy families, child welfare, adoption and foster care. Davis was also a member of the Subcommittee on Trade.

Davis’ priorities as a Member of Congress included regulatory reform, federal data transparency, defense reform, providing tax relief to working families, fighting for small businesses, promoting American energy independence, supporting our service members and veterans, and reining in wasteful government spending. Davis was also a co-founder and co-chair of the National Security Interagency Reform Working Group and the Congressional Caucus on Homelessness. Davis retired from Congress in 2012.

Prior to serving in Congress, Davis owned and operated a small consulting firm specializing in lean manufacturing and systems integration. Davis attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY, where he studied national security and international affairs. Upon graduation, he served as an Assault Helicopter Flight Commander in the 82nd Airborne Division and later ran U.S. Army aviation operations for peace enforcement between Israel and Egypt. Davis is a former Army Ranger and Senior Parachutist.




Tim Day is Vice President of Government Affairs for Teradata based in Washington, D.C. He founded and has led Teradata’s Government Affairs activities since 2007. After 14 years on Capitol Hill and serving as Chief of Staff to former Congresswoman Deborah Pryce (R-OH), Tim joined NCR Government Affairs in 2001 as Vice President.

Tim directs Teradata’s public policies, both federal and state, and influences government decisions that grows and protects the use of data warehouse technology and Teradata’s business operations. Tim is a member of the Teradata Law Department Leadership Team reporting to Laura Nyquist, Teradata General Counsel and Secretary.

Tim has more than 25 years of management experience in federal government and high-tech government affairs. He has been a speaker at various seminars and symposiums on Capitol Hill addressing a wide variety of topics important not only to Teradata but the technology industry overall.

Tim earned a Bachelor’s degree from Cedarville University, Cedarville, Ohio in 1987. In 1998, he was accepted as a delegate to the American Council of Young Political Leaders (ACYPL) and serves on the board of directors of the Information Technology Industry Council (ITI). He resides in Alexandria, Virginia.




Earl E. Devaney served as Chairman of the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board (Recovery Board) until his retirement in December 2011.


On February 23, 2009, six days after signing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act into law, President Obama named Devaney to head the Recovery Board, which is charged with overseeing spending under the $787 billion program. In announcing Devaney’s appointment, the President said: “Earl has doggedly pursued waste, fraud and mismanagement. He has the reputation of being one of the best [Inspectors General] that we have in this town…. I can’t think of a more tenacious and efficient guardian of the hard-earned tax dollars the American people have entrusted us to wisely invest.”


As Chairman of the Recovery Board, Devaney oversaw the construction of the first-ever standardized, government-wide spending accountability and transparency platform. Using the Recovery Board's platform, federal inspectors general  opened more than 1,800 investigations of questionable grantees and contractors. Nearly 400 people were convicted or pleaded guilty; $15.7 million was recovered from grantees and contractors; and $27 million was prevented from being paid out. From June 2011 until his retirement, Devaney also chaired President Obama's Government Accountability and Transparency Board (GAT Board), which was charged with recommending ways to expand the Recovery Board's spending oversight innovations to all federal spending. The GAT Board released its initial recommendations on December 14, 2011.


President Bill Clinton appointed Devaney as the Inspector General of the Department of the Interior in 1999. During his tenure at the Office of Inspector General (OIG), he oversaw the public corruption investigations that led to the convictions of Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff and Interior Deputy Secretary Steven Griles. He also presided over the oil and gas investigations that engulfed the Minerals Management Service from 2007 to 2009.


Devaney’s commitment to leadership – he graduated from Georgetown University’s prestigious Leadership Coaching Program – is reflected in the OIG’s #1 ranking among agency subcomponents in both Strategic Management and Work/Life Balance in the highly regarded “Best Places to Work in the Federal Government” 2009 survey.


Before becoming the Inspector General of the Department of the Interior, Devaney spent eight years as the Director of the Office of Criminal Enforcement, Forensics and Training for the Environmental Protection Agency. In that job, he supervised all of EPA’s criminal investigators, the agency’s forensics laboratory, and its enforcement training institute. In 1998, he received the Meritorious Presidential Rank Award for outstanding government service.


Devaney began his federal law enforcement career with the Secret Service in 1970, following his graduation from Franklin and Marshall College. At the time of his retirement from the Secret Service in 1991, Devaney was Special Agent-in-Charge of the Fraud Division and was recognized as an international expert in white collar crime.




Jonathan Elliott is the COO of Research Data Group and RDG Filings.  He has 18 years of experience developing data-centric products, which began by working with structured data in 1996 while assisting in the development of a software program to auto-generate financial commentary on earnings estimates and insider trading activity. He has worked in coordination with stock exchanges, investment banks, and database companies to develop data, index products and SEC compliance services that benefit thousands of public and private companies.


Since 2005, after recognizing the voluntary XBRL filer program as the future of financial reporting and SEC compliance, Jonathan has been responsible for developing RDG into one of the top five full-service SEC filing agents.



Eric Gillespie is the Managing Partner at Seattle, Washington based Viano Capital, an investment firm focused on data and information services companies. He is the former Senior Vice President of Onvia, a Nasdaq-listed firm that provides research and tools to track, analyze and report the activities of more than 89,000 federal, state and local government agencies. At Onvia he created and led a private sector transparency initiative that provided early and comprehensive visibility into the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Prior to working for Onvia, he was the founder of The Patent Board, the leading provider of standardized intellectual property data and patent analytics to the financial services industry, and the creator of The Wall Street Journal’s Patent Scorecard. As an expert in the private sector's use of public sector data, he is a sought-after media spokesperson and has testified before the before the US Congress on matters of government transparency, data and public sector technology. Mr. Gillespie also worked for IBM, Scient, CSC and other leading technology companies, and is a graduate of Harvard Business School.




Joel Gurin is senior advisor to the Governance Lab at New York University, which studies and promotes the use of data and collaborative technology to improve the workings of government. He has a background in government, publishing, and nonprofit leadership. Gurin worked for fifteen years at Consumers Union, the nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, where he began as science editor, soon became editorial director, and then served as executive vice president for almost a decade. As EVP of Consumers Union, Gurin launched and grew Consumer Reports’ website, Under his leadership it became the world’s largest information-based paid-subscription site: It now has more than three million active paid subscribers.

In December 2009, Gurin joined the Obama Administration as chief of the Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau of the Federal Communications Commission. He conceptualized and served as chair of the White House Task Force on Smart Disclosure, which studied how government Open Data can help consumers choose the best options in services like health care, financial services, education, and energy. He is the author of the upcoming book Open Data Now (McGraw-Hill, January 2014), and the founder and editor of




As director of information policy studies at the Cato Institute, Jim Harper works to adapt law and policy to the unique problems of the information age, in areas such as privacy, telecommunications, intellectual property, and security. Harper was a founding member of the Department of Homeland Security's Data Privacy and Integrity Advisory Committee and he recently co-edited the book Terrorizing Ourselves: How U.S. Counterterrorism Policy Is Failing and How to Fix It. He has been cited and quoted by numerous print, Internet, and television media outlets, and his scholarly articles have appeared in the Administrative Law Review, the Minnesota Law Review, and the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly. Harper wrote the book Identity Crisis: How Identification Is Overused and Misunderstood. Harper is the editor of, a Web-based think tank devoted exclusively to privacy, and he maintains online federal spending resource He holds a J.D. from UC Hastings College of Law.




Don McCrory is a Principal in PwC’s Public Sector Practice and is focused on supporting federal clients with agency performance management and sustainable cost reduction issues. Don has a 27-year career dedicated to the federal government supporting key Federal initiatives such as the Chief Financial Officer’s Act, the Government Performance and Results Act, and the Improper Payments Information Act. Prior to joining PwC in 2004, Don was the former Deputy CFO at the National Science Foundation, supporting financial and performance reporting and reporting on the efficiency and effectiveness of NSF programs.




Campbell Pryde is the President and CEO of XBRL US. Before taking on the President and CEO position, Mr. Pryde led the development and maintenance of taxonomies as Chief Standards Officer, playing an integral role on the executive team. Mr. Pryde joined XBRL US from Morgan Stanley, where as Executive Director in the Institutional Securities Group, he managed the equity research XBRL-based valuation framework. He has been involved with XBRL since 2001, and served as Chairman of the XBRL US Domain Steering Committee during the critical initial build of the US GAAP Taxonomy under contract with the Securities and Exchange Commission. Prior to joining Morgan Stanley, Mr. Pryde was a Partner in the Risk and Advisory Practice of KPMG LLP. He is a member of the New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants.



Dr. Richard Mark Soley is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of OMG ®.

As Chairman and CEO of OMG, Dr. Soley is responsible for the vision and direction of the world's largest consortium of its type. Dr. Soley joined the nascent OMG as Technical Director in 1989, leading the development of OMG's world-leading standardization process and the original CORBA specification. In 1996, he led the effort to move into vertical market standards (starting with healthcare, finance, telecommunications and manufacturing) and modeling, leading first to the Unified Modeling Language TM (UML) and later the Model Driven Architecture (MDA). He also led the effort to establish the SOA Consortium in January 2007, leading to the launch of the Business Ecology Initiative (BEI) in 2009. The Initiative focuses on the management imperative to make business more responsive, effective, sustainable and secure in a complex, networked world, through practice areas including Business Design, Business Process Excellence, Intelligent Business, Sustainable Business and Secure Business.  In addition, Dr. Soley is the Executive Director of the Cloud Standards Customer Council, helping end-users transition to cloud computing and direct requirements and priorities for cloud standards throughout the industry.

Dr. Soley also serves on numerous industrial, technical and academic conference program committees, and speaks all over the world on issues relevant to standards, the adoption of new technology and creating successful companies.  He is an active angel investor, and was involved in the creation of both the Eclipse Foundation and Open Health Tools.

Previously, Dr. Soley was a cofounder and former Chairman/CEO of A. I. Architects, Inc., maker of the 386 HummingBoard and other PC and workstation hardware and software. Prior to that, he consulted for various technology companies and venture firms on matters pertaining to software investment opportunities. Dr. Soley has also consulted for IBM, Motorola, PictureTel, Texas Instruments, Gold Hill Computer and others. He began his professional life at Honeywell Computer Systems working on the Multics operating system.

A native of Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.A., Dr. Soley holds bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.



J.W. Mike Starr is the Director of Strategic Initiatives at Workiva and is a subject matter expert for financial and regulatory reporting using structured data.  Starr joined the Workiva team in September 2012.  He previously served as an advisor to the SEC Chief Accountant focusing on the information needs of investors and the use of structured data to meet those needs.  Prior to joining the SEC, he was a partner at Grant Thornton for 30 years where he served as Chief Operating for Grant Thornton International Ltd. overseeing global strategy development and implementation and public policy.  Active in professional activities, he was recognized as distinguished accounting alumnus of Oklahoma State University and inducted into the School of Accounting Hall of Fame.