Noah Bookbinder became CREW’s Executive Director in March 2015. Prior to joining CREW, he served from 2013 to 2015 as Director of the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at the United States Sentencing Commission, where he helped guide the Commission on important policy decisions including its historic 2014 action to reduce sentences for most federal drug offenders.
Before that, Bookbinder served as Chief Counsel for Criminal Justice for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, where he worked from 2005 to 2013. In that position, he advised Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on a wide variety of criminal justice issues, ranging from corruption and fraud to sentencing, corrections, and forensic science reform. He worked on legislation including the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013, the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act, the Fraud Enforcement and Recovery Act, and the Second Chance Act. He advised the Chairman on oversight matters, including a 2007 investigation into the firing of United States Attorneys and the politicization of the Department of Justice. He also supported Senator Leahy on national security issues and on judicial and executive nominations, including five Supreme Court nominations.
From 1999 to 2005, Bookbinder worked as a Trial Attorney for the United States Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section. There, he investigated and prosecuted federal public corruption cases ranging from bribery and contracting fraud to international immigration fraud schemes. He has taught about prosecuting public corruption as an adjunct professor at George Washington University Law School and Howard University School of Law. He graduated from Yale University and Stanford Law School and served as a law clerk to United States District Judge Douglas Woodlock.