The Public Participation Project is working to pass federal anti-SLAPP legislation in Congress. Our coalition of supporters currently includes numerous organizations and businesses, as well as prominent individuals.  PPP also assists individuals and organizations working to pass anti-SLAPP legislation in the states. An important part of our work includes educating the public regarding SLAPPs and the consequences of these types of destructive lawsuits.


Evan Mascagni

Policy Director

Evan Mascagni graduated, summa cum laude, from the University of the District of Columbia, David A. Clarke School of Law in 2011.  While in law school, Mascagni was Editor-in-Chief of the UDC Law Review, was awarded the Women’s Bar Association 2010 Founders Fellowship, and was awarded a Joseph L. Rauh, Jr. Equal Justice Works Fellowship in 2009, where he worked at the National Whistleblowers Center in Washington, DC.  He joined the Public Participation Project in 2011.

Evan Mascagni Tel: (510) 610-6757 | Email:emascagni@anti-slapp.org
John Benjamin

Legal Intern

John Benjamin is a law student at the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law.  Benjamin is President of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) UDC Chapter, a member of the Future Leaders Council, and involved in the Capital Area American Civil Liberties Union.  He joined the Public Participation Project in 2011.

John Benjamin Tel: (510) 610-6757 | Email:info@anti-slapp.org

International Researcher

Valentina Bratu has a law degree from Danubius Law School, Romania, and an LL.M. and S.J.D. from Central European University in Hungary. During her doctoral studies she was a visiting research scholar at Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law. Her doctoral thesis was entitled Concentration in the Electronic Media and Its Effects on Media Pluralism. She is also a Research Associate with Vale Columbia Center on Sustainable International Investment, a joint center of Columbia Law School and the Earth Institute at Columbia University.
Valentina Bratu Tel: (510) 610-6757 | Email:info@anti-slapp.org

Development Consultant

Melissa Feuer joined the PPP Team in January 2012. Her eight years of development experince includes fundraising for internationally know charities, including Sierra Club and Big Brothers Big Sisters, as well for as start-ups and small, locally based non-profit agencies. She received her BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2002, and completed her graduate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2005.

Melissa Feuer Tel: (510) 610-6757 | Email:mfeuer@anti-slapp.org