As the Senior Fellow for Government Accountability, Brian Sonntag works with the Freedom Foundation on open government issues and to increase accountability and citizen involvement within government.
Prior to joining the Freedom Foundation, Brian served 20 years as Washington’s State Auditor before retiring in 2013. During his time in office, Brian worked actively with both parties and with voters. His office conducted 50 performance audits on state agencies and recommended $1.3 billion in savings and potential revenue. Through his work, Brian made great strides in uncovering and minimizing government waste.
His firm commitment to the principle of open, accountable government has garnered respect from Washington voters, as well as several awards, including induction into the State Open Government Hall of Fame and the 2013 James Madison Award from the Washington Coalition for Open Government.
Brian currently lives in Pierce County where he also serves as the Executive Director of the Tacoma Rescue Mission.