Trevor Timm

Class of 2003; Elected 2016

Trevor graduated from Northeastern U. in 2008 with a B.A. in Political Science and received his J.D. from New York Law School in 2011. While in law school he worked as a researcher for James Goodale, Counsel for the NY Times, who was writing a book on the inside story of the Pentagon Papers. That ignited Trevor’s interest with transparency in government, citizen privacy, and freedom of the press. His tweets on these issues garnered the attention of the Electronic Freedom Foundation (EFF), the leading nonprofit organization defending civil liberties in the digital world. EFF hired him and within 2 months he was testifying before the European Parliament in Brussels on tech companies selling surveillance equipment to dictators. After 3 years at EFF, Trevor left to start the Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF), a nonprofit dedicated to helping support and defend public interest journalism focused on exposing mismanagement, corruption, and lawbreaking in government. For his work in this area, he received the Hugh Hefner First Amendment Award in 2013. In 2014 he was selected as one of Forbes magazine’s “30 under 30”, a tally of the brightest stars under the age of 30 in the law and public policy category. In announcing the selection, Forbes referred to these people as “prodigies who are reinventing the world right now”. In 2016, he was selected as a TED fellow. Trevor also writes a twice weekly column on public issues for the Guardian.