Colorado Ethics Watch was founded in 2006 and relaunched in 2016 as a Colorado-based nonprofit organization. Ethics Watch uses its resources to advance its mission using a combination of research, litigation, policy advocacy, and media outreach.
In tandem with legal actions, Ethics Watch executes a comprehensive communications strategy to bring attention to misconduct in public life while also educating the public about ethics, transparency, nonpartisan election administration, and the importance of a strong, independent state and federal judiciary.
Ethics Watch also issues exhaustively researched reports to promote fresh, nonpartisan solutions to recurring challenges in state and local government in Colorado. Based on our experience using existing legal tools to promote clean government, Ethics Watch is uniquely positioned to hold public officials accountable and to encourage reform.
Who We Are
Luis Toro - Director
Luis Toro became Director of Colorado Ethics Watch in January 2010. Luis was a litigation partner at a downtown Denver law firm before joining Ethics Watch as Senior Counsel in 2008. He was a law clerk to the Honorable Carlos F. Lucero of the United States Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, an instructor at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, and an intern at Natural Resources Defense Council. Luis is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).
Peg Perl - Senior Counsel
Peg Perl is Senior Counsel for Ethics Watch. Peg has notable experience in both government ethics and campaign finance law, including at the U.S. House of Representatives Ethics Committee and the Federal Election Commission, both in Washington, D.C. More recently, she was a fellow in the Business and Licensing Division of the Secretary of State’s Office. Peg is a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center.
Allison McGee Johnson - Communications Director
Allison McGee Johnson is the Communications Director for Ethics Watch. With more than 20 years experience in marketing, communications and public relations for non-profits and corporations, Allison facilitates the organization’s media relations and outreach. Allison is a graduate of the University of Virginia. Email Allison at email@example.com.
Kristen Jefferson - Research Associate
Kristen Jefferson is Ethics Watch’s Research Associate. Kristen has varied research experience, including as an intern at the Bell Policy Center and the El Paso County Department of Human Services. Kristen is also a U.S. Army veteran. She holds a master’s degree from the University of Denver.
Working At Ethics Watch
Law Student Externships
Colorado Ethics Watch is looking for volunteer law student externs. Law student externs could be asked to perform any or all of the following tasks: conduct legal research, write memoranda or legal briefs, provide litigation support, analyze and track legislation, draft open records requests, review documents and investigate tips regarding possible unlawful or unethical conduct that impacts the public.
Colorado Ethics Watch is offering volunteer opportunities for undergraduate students. Undergraduate students will help support Colorado Ethics Watch’s research and investigation activities and gain exposure to a fast-paced, high-profile public interest law practice. Interested applicants should cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Have A Tip? Let Us Know
Do you have some information you would like us to investigate? Perhaps you read a news article and thought, “Where’s the outrage?”
If you found evidence of unethical behavior in government, we’d like to hear from you. You may submit your tip anonymously. But if you provide contact information, it will help us should we have any questions. We will hold your information in strict confidence.
So that we can better assist you, please consider the following questions before you submit your tip, and address each question in your submission:
Does your tip relate to the conduct of a local, state or federal entity, public employee or elected official?
Does your tip impact your community or the public at large?
Do you have facts or documents to support your tip?