Zephyr Teachout is an associate professor of law at Fordham University. In 2005, Teachout was a non-residential fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School. Prior to that, she served as the national director of the Sunlight Foundation, Washington, D.C., where she created a policy platform for transparency in Congress, drafted and lobbied for transparency legislation, and developed new tools for making Congressional information more accessible to citizens.
From 2005 to 2006 she was a lecturer at the University of Vermont, teaching internet and politics, and introduction to international relations. She served as director of internet organizing for Dean For America, where she also created a technology policy advisory council and drafted the first presidential open source policy platform. Teachout has provided consulting services to nonprofit and citizen journalism organizations such as The War Tapes, Music for America, Current TV, the International Rescue Committee, and America Coming Together. She was a co-founder and executive director of the Fair Trial Initiative in Durham, where she also served as a staff attorney at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation.