Senator Charles Grassley (R)
Senator Grassley is the longest serving Senator in Iowa history and is the Chairman of the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus. Heralded as a champion of whistleblower rights, Grassley has been behind many key pieces of whistleblower legislation over the past several decades, including the historic 1986 amendments to the False Claims Act, the Tax Relief and Health Care Act which modernized the IRS Whistleblower Program in 2006, and the CFTC Fund Management Act of 2021 which saved the CFTC Whistleblower Program from financial collapse. Grassley was first elected to the Iowa state legislature in 1958 and served there until Iowans sent him to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1974. In 1980, Grassley was elected to the U.S. Senate, where he’s developed a reputation for bipartisanship and pragmatism. This approach to legislating consistently earns Grassley high marks as one of the Senate’s most effective and collaborative lawmakers. In each post, serving Iowans has always been Grassley’s guiding light and primary objective.
Chair, Securities and Exchange Commission
Gary Gensler was nominated by President Joseph R. Biden to Chair the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on February 3, 2021, confirmed by the U.S. Senate on April 14, 2021, and sworn into office on April 17, 2021. Before joining the SEC, Gensler was professor of the Practice of Global Economics and Management at the MIT Sloan School of Management, co-director of MIT’s Fintech@CSAIL, and senior advisor to the MIT Media Lab Digital Currency Initiative. From 2017-2019, he served as chair of the Maryland Financial Consumer Protection Commission. Gensler was formerly chair of the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission, leading the Obama Administration’s reform of the $400 trillion swaps market. He also was senior advisor to U.S. Senator Paul Sarbanes in writing the Sarbanes-Oxley Act (2002), and was undersecretary of the Treasury for Domestic Finance and assistant secretary of the Treasury from 1997-2001.
United States Secretary of Labor
Martin J. Walsh was sworn in as the 29th Secretary of Labor on March 23, 2021. A lifelong champion of equity and fairness, and a proud product of the City of Boston, Secretary Walsh leads the U.S. Department of Labor with a strong connection to working people, and a commitment to creating an economy that works for all. Secretary Walsh spent the last seven years as the Mayor of the City of Boston. While mayor, he led the creation of close to 140,000 jobs and helped secure a statewide $15/hour minimum wage, paid sick leave, and paid parental leave. He established Universal, high-quality Pre-Kindergarten for all children, and free community college for low-income students. Secretary Walsh was a national leader in the response to COVID-19, getting PPE to first responders and nursing homes; funding emergency child care for healthcare and frontline workers; halting evictions and providing rental relief; and setting up multiple funds to help small businesses survive. His work early in the pandemic to pause construction and establish safety requirements has been lauded as a model by both unions and employers alike.
Members of Congress & Regulators
Representative Jackie Speier (D-CA)
Congresswoman Jackie Speier is a fearless fighter for women’s equality, LGBTQ rights and the disenfranchised who has dedicated her life to eliminating government corruption while working to strengthen America’s national and economic security. She was named to Newsweek’s list of 150 “Fearless Women” in the world and one of “Politico’s 50” most influential people in American politics for bringing the Me Too reckoning to Congress.She proudly represents California’s 14th Congressional District, stretching from the southern portion of San Francisco through San Mateo County to East Palo Alto, and serves on the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) and as the Chair of the Military Personnel Subcommittee, on the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence and on the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, where she serves on the Subcommittees on Environment and Government Operations. Speier is also Co-Chair of the Democratic Women’s Caucus (DWC), the Congressional Armenian Caucus, the Bipartisan Task Force To End Sexual Violence, and the Gunviolence Prevention Task Force.
Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR)
Ron Wyden has served as a U.S. Senator for Oregon since 1996. He is the Vice Chairman of the Senate Whistleblower Protection Caucus. Wyden also serves on the Committees on Finance, Budget, Intelligence, and Energy and Natural Resources. He is Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and a senior member of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Wyden began college at the University of California-Santa Barbara where he won a basketball scholarship and played in Division I competition for two seasons before transferring to Stanford University where he completed his Bachelors degree with distinction. He earned his law degree from the University of Oregon School of Law in 1974, after which he taught gerontology and co-founded the Oregon chapter of the Gray Panthers, an advocacy group for the elderly. He also served as the director of Oregon Legal Services for the Elderly from 1977 to 1979 and was a member of the Oregon State Board of Examiners of Nursing Home Administrators during that same period. He served in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1981 until his election to the U.S. Senate.
Representative Kathleen Rice (D-NY 4th District)
Congresswoman Kathleen Rice represents New York’s Fourth Congressional District, which encompasses the majority of Nassau County, NY, a diverse suburban community located on Long Island.
First elected to Congress in 2014, Kathleen has become a leading voice on national security issues as a member of the Homeland Security Committee, where she passed legislation to improve airport security screening in her first year and conducted rigorous oversight of the Trump Administration’s border policies during her tenure as Chair of the Subcommittee on Border Security, Facilitation, and Operations.
As a member of the Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Kathleen established herself as a fierce advocate for veterans and for accountability at the Department of Veterans Affairs, and she authored bipartisan legislation to expand employment opportunities for veterans, which was signed into law in January 2021.
For the 117th Congress, Kathleen was named to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, which has the broadest jurisdiction of any authorizing committee in Congress, and she remains a member of the Homeland Security Committee.
Representative John Garamendi (D-CA 3rd District)
John Garamendi is a U.S. Congressman representing California’s 3rd District. In March 2021, Representative Garamendi reintroduced the Peace Corps Reauthorization Act, which extends whistleblower protections to Peace Corps volunteers.
Garamendi was raised on his family’s ranch in Mokelumne Hill, California. He received his B.A. in business from UC Berkeley where he was a Wheeler Scholar. He also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Prior to serving in the U.S. House of Representatives, Garamendi served in the California state legislature, was appointed Deputy Secretary of the Interior, and elected as both California’s Insurance Commissioner and Lieutenant Governor. Garamendi is the Chairman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Readiness where has enacted legislation to direct the military to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions, to prepare all bases to withstand the effects of climate change, improve military family housing, and remove toxic substances from drinking water in and around military installations.
Senator Krysten Sinema (D-AZ)
Kyrsten Sinema represents Arizona in the U.S. Senate. Kyrsten knows firsthand the challenges everyday Arizonans face. Born in Tucson, Kyrsten went through some tough times growing up. Her family struggled to make ends meet, and for a while they were even homeless. But they got by thanks to family, church, and hard work. Kyrsten’s childhood experience showed her the power of hard work and the importance of helping others. Education was Kyrsten’s ticket to a better life. With the help of student loans, academic scholarships, and financial aid, she went to BYU and then ASU, where she now teaches as a proud Sun Devil. After graduating, she worked with students and families in Arizona who faced some of the same challenges she did. Kyrsten’s commitment to service led her to the Arizona Legislature, where she passed a law to help veterans get in–state tuition at all Arizona public universities, cracked down on sex trafficking, and advocated for children’s health care and education. Now as Arizona’s senior Senator, Kyrsten works every day to deliver for Arizona families – helping veterans get the benefits they’ve earned, creating good–paying jobs for Arizonans, and keeping Americans safe at home and abroad.
Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA)
A native of Red Oak, Iowa, Senator Joni Ernst has dedicated her life to her state and country, having served in the military for over 23 years, and now serving in the United States Senate. In November 2014—after her service in the Army Reserves and the Iowa National Guard, and then in state government—Joni was elected as the first woman to serve in federal elected office from the State of Iowa and also became the first female combat veteran elected to serve in the United States Senate. In Washington, Joni serves on four Senate committees of major importance to Iowans: Armed Services; Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry; Environment and Public Works; and Small Business and Entrepreneurship. As a mother, soldier and independent voice, Joni is committed to bringing Iowa values to Washington, D.C. and to always fight on behalf of families and communities in our state.
Senator Tammy Duckworth (D-IL)
U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth is an Iraq War Veteran, Purple Heart recipient and former Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs who was among the first handful of Army women to fly combat missions during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Duckworth served in the Reserve Forces for 23 years before retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 2014. She was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2016 after representing Illinois’s Eighth Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives for two terms.
Michael E. Horowitz
Inspector General of the Department of Justice (DOJ)
Michael E. Horowitz was sworn in as the Inspector General of the Department of Justice (DOJ) on April 16, 2012, following his confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Mr. Horowitz was previously confirmed by the Senate in 2003 to serve a six-year term as a Commissioner on the U.S. Sentencing Commission. As Inspector General, Mr. Horowitz oversees a nationwide workforce of more than 500 special agents, auditors, inspectors, attorneys, and support staff whose mission is to detect and deter waste, fraud, abuse, and misconduct in DOJ programs and personnel, and to promote economy and efficiency in Department operations. Since April 2020, he has simultaneously led the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee, a Committee of 22 federal Inspectors General that Congress created to oversee the over $5 trillion in federal pandemic-related emergency spending. Mr. Horowitz earned his Juris Doctor, magna cum laude, from Harvard Law School and his Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, from Brandeis University.
Inspector General at the National Security Agency
Robert P. Storch is the Inspector General (IG) for the National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA). He is the first IG at NSA to be appointed by the President and confirmed by the Senate, and assumed his responsibilities at the Agency in January 2018. Rob has worked with the team at the NSA Office of Inspector General (OIG) to enhance the impact, the independence, and the transparency of the office’s work, including the launch of its independent public website, https://oig.nsa.gov, and the now-regular public release of unclassified versions of its Semiannual Reports to Congress and a number of reports and summaries.
Henry J. Kerner
Special Counsel in the United States Office of Special Counsel
In June 2017, Henry Kerner was nominated by President Donald Trump to serve as Special Counsel of the U.S. Office of Special Counsel. He was unanimously confirmed by the Senate in October 2017. Since coming to OSC, Special Counsel Kerner has implemented new processes and procedures to dramatically increase OSC’s responsiveness to whistleblower complaints and focus on customer service. For example, OSC has prioritized meeting a 45-day statutory deadline to determine whether there is a “substantial likelihood” of wrongdoing in whistleblower disclosure cases. Furthermore, Kerner oversaw a significant restructuring of OSC’s programmatic units to streamline the handling of prohibited personnel practice investigations. This reorganization involved combining units with overlapping responsibilities to make OSC’s processes more efficient. Over the last two fiscal years, despite unprecedented challenges in the form of government shutdowns and a global pandemic, OSC has set new agency records for the number of favorable actions achieved on behalf of whistleblowers.
Michael K. Atkinson
Michael K. Atkinson is currently a partner at Crowell & Moring, LLP, where he coleads the National Security practice group. His practice focuses on white collar defense, internal and congressional investigations, and parallel civil and regulatory enforcement proceedings.
Prior to Crowell & Moring, Michael was the presidentially appointed and Senate confirmed Inspector General of the Intelligence Community, where he led the investigation of the Ukraine whistleblower complaint that resulted ultimately in the first impeachment trial of former President Donald J. Trump.
Prior to his Inspector General role, Michael served in senior Justice Department roles spanning two decades. He was most recently the Acting Deputy Assistant Attorney General and Senior Counsel in the National Security Division. He also served as the Acting Chief and the Deputy Chief in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the District of Columbia. He began his career at the Justice Department as a Trial Attorney with the Criminal Division, Fraud Section.
Before his 18 years of government service, he was a litigation partner at a global law firm.
Members of Parliament
Baroness Susan Kramer
Susan Kramer was born in 1950 in Holborn and educated at St Paul’s Girls’ School and at St Hilda’s College, Oxford where she read Politics, Philosophy and Economics. Susan was a Beilby Scholar and was President of the Oxford Union. She later went on to obtain an MBA in 1981 from the University of Illinois, USA.
Whistleblowers, Experts & Attorneys
FBI Whistleblower, Whistleblower Network News Reporter, and Host of the Whistleblower of the Week Podcast
Jane Turner was a highly decorated, 25-year veteran Special Agent with the FBI. She served in the most difficult investigatory positions and was the first woman named as the head of an FBI resident agency.
She led the FBI’s highly successful programs combating crimes against women and child sex crime victims on North Dakota Indian Reservations. In retaliation for exposing FBI failures within its child crime program, Turner was removed from senior resident agent position. Turner successfully fought her removal and won a historic victory for all FBI whistleblowers before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She challenged her retaliation in federal court, and won a unanimous jury verdict in her favor, obtaining the largest compensatory damage award permitted under the law for federal employees.
Jane also exposed criminal theft of property at the 9/11 crime scene by a handful of FBI agents. She was harshly retaliated against for reporting these violations to the Department of Justice, Inspector General. After a ten-year battle, she prevailed, becoming only one of a small handful of FBI agents to win her cases under the FBI Whistleblower Protection Act.
UBS Whistleblower and recipient of $104M reward from the IRS Whistleblower Reward Program, one of the largest rewards ever paid to a whistleblower.
Bradley Birkenfeld, a former banker and wealth manager at UBS, was the first international banker to blow the whistle on illegal offshore accounts held in Switzerland by U.S. citizens. For his disclosures of IRS tax fraud by UBS, Birkenfeld was awarded $104 million, the largest reward ever given to an individual in the 25-year history of federal whistleblower reward laws.
During his case, NWC provided communications assistance, drumming up public support from thousands of engaged members of its action alert network. His disclosures have resulted in unprecedented recoveries for the U.S. taxpayers. The recoveries include $780 million dollars in civil fines and penalties paid by UBS bank, and over $25 billion dollars in collections from U.S. taxpayers who had illegally held “undeclared” offshore accounts in Switzerland and other countries.
Ultimately, the Swiss government was forced to change its tax treaty with the United States in order to turn over the names of more than 4,900 American taxpayers who held illegal offshore accounts.
Dr. Kimberly Young-McLear
Kimberly Young-McLear, Ph.D. exposed gross misuse of power in how the Coast Guard handled bullying, harassment, and discrimination allegations.
An investigation by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General substantiated that she had been retaliated against for her whistleblowing activity. As a result of her whistleblowing, investigative loopholes for these types of claims by Coast Guard service members and federally employed civilians were closed. Young-McLear has a Ph.D. in Systems Engineering from The George Washington University, a M.S. in Industrial Administration from Purdue University, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University. She also is certified as a Project Management Professional (PMP).
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst
Dr. Frederic Whitehurst is a former FBI scientist who “blew the whistle” on misconduct within the FBI crime lab, resulting in extensive reforms being made.
He was America’s first successful FBI whistleblower. His case exposed forensic fraud in the FBI crime lab and subjected it to outside oversight for the first time. In 1997, Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto won a landmark victory and was responsible for a historic Presidential Executive Order ensuring whistleblower protection rights for FBI Agents who expose misconduct. They also obtained an extraordinary settlement of $1,166,000 plus $258,580 in attorney’s fees. Dr. Whitehurst established the Forensic Justice Project at the National Whistleblowers Center and initiated Freedom of Information Act requests that led to a NWC/Washington Post investigation of the FBI Crime Lab that forced the FBI to review 20,000 hair analysis cases. The investigation to date has resulted in several exonerations, reversals of convictions, and one stayed execution.
Marcel Reid’s whistleblowing forced ACORN to stop misusing public funds and return to their core decentralized mission.
Afterwards, Reid went on to join the National Board of Directors of Pacifica Radio and have Pacifica become the first national media organization to vote to support whistleblowers. Reid also became the first Whistleblower Liaison in Major Media. She now organizes the annual Whistleblower Summit for Civil and Human Rights with Michael McCray.
Mark Worth has been working with whistleblowers for more than 30 years – as an investigative journalist, campaigner, legal advisor, policy analyst, and spokesperson for the international whistleblower movement. He is the founder of many organizations and campaigns, including Whistleblowing International, European Center for Whistleblower Rights, Center for Whistleblower Rights & Rewards, Whistleblower-Herz, and the Southeast Europe Coalition on Whistleblower Protection. He is a Senior Fellow for International Whistleblower Rights with Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto, and European coordinator for the National Whistleblower Center’s climate whistleblowing project. Mark has advised and supported hundreds of whistleblowers, investigated their cases, and advocated for reforms and justice based on their disclosures. He has led or supported the development of whistleblower protection laws in many countries in all regions. He has worked for many NGOs in Europe and the US, and is an award-winning journalist and publisher. He has advised countries in all regions and many international organizations including the UN, EU, APEC, OECD and Council of Europe.
Rebekah Jones’ unlikely notoriety as a coronavirus whistleblower stemmed from her ground-breaking work at the Florida Department of Health, where she led data and surveillance during the pandemic. Praised by the White House for her innovation and creativity in data communication, visualization and management, Jones fought for transparency and accessibility of COVID-19 data across the country. Her work became the standard for states nation-wide. In May 2020, when asked to manipulate data in support of a premature plan to reopen the state, Jones refused, was fired, defamed and harassed by her own government. After leaving DOH, Jones built her own system to monitor the pandemic and launched a nationwide initiative to track cases in schools. In September 2020, Jones was named one of Fortune Magazine’s 40 under 40 and one of Medium’s 50 experts to trust during a pandemic. In December, her home was raided with guns drawn on her family by state police on the orders of Governor Ron DeSantis. Yet, she persisted, and was even named Forbes’ 2020 Tech Person of the Year – the first such award ever given by the publication. Now a legally-protected whistleblower, Jones is returning to Florida to run for Congress.
Sara Thompson is a Peace Corps whistleblower who volunteered in Burkina Faso. She came out of her service with medical complications due to mefloquine, a controversial anti-malaria medicine administered by the Corps. Almost a decade later, Thompson still experiences severe side effects from mefloquine toxicity, and has been denied redress by the Corps and the courts. After finishing her service, Thompson became an advocate for whistleblower protections on Capitol Hill, fighting for volunteers who faced hardships during their service and found no support from the Corps upon returning home.
Joseph E. B. “Jeb” White is the Chief Executive Officer of Taxpayers Against Fraud and the TAF Education Fund (TAFEF). He is one of the country’s leading qui tam advocates, having represented whistleblowers before the United States Congress and in qui tam actions across the country, from fraudulent hospital systems to dishonest pharmaceutical companies. As a tireless advocate of whistleblower rights, he has testified in front of the United States Congress and nearly a dozen state legislative bodies. As a trusted authority of the law, Mr. White has penned amicus curiae briefs in five United States Supreme Court cases, examining the federal False Claims Act; and has been a constant source for Department of Justice and other officials in need of qui tam expertise.
Dr. Aaron Westrick
Dr. Aaron Westrick, a former research director for America’s largest body armor company, Second Chance Body Armor, blew the whistle on the production and sale of defective vests that were sold to police officers.
Whistleblower attorneys supported by NWC represented Dr. Westrick in a False Claims Act qui tam complaint filed against the manufacturers of the vests and the manufacturers of the Zylon fiber within the vests.
After a 14-year legal battle, a conclusion was reached with all defendants eventually paying to settle allegations of a False Claims Act violation. Dr. Westrick was a featured speaker at NWC’s 2018 National Whistleblower Appreciation Day Celebration on Capitol Hill.
In addition to being a veteran, Ph.D., and a former federal government executive, Dr. Allison Gill is a comedian, author, and staunch advocate for the resistance. Dr. Gill was a high-level employee at the Department of Veteran Affairs but was forced out of her job due to her popular podcast reporting on special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of the 2016 election and the Trump campaign’s dealings with Russia. Dr. Gill’s mission as the executive producer and host of Mueller, She Wrote and The Daily Beans is to employ her expertise in the absurd amount of Trump-Russia news and wrap it up into tasty bites for human consumption. She is very dedicated to the separation of facts and conjecture, and works hard to make sure her audience knows which is which.
Christian Greene is a clinical social worker who has been practicing in DC Child Welfare since 2005. Christian has touched thousands of investigations and case managed or supervised hundreds of foster children, being noted as an expert in her field.
In fact, on behalf of the District and qualified by OAG she provided expert testimony in DC Superior Court. Recently, she accomplished her goal to make systemic change to ensure the safety of children, the well-being of the social work workforce, and government transparency/ accountability while adhering to a code of ethics to safeguard our vulnerable constituents and the general public. Christian’s whistleblowing, which began during her Ombuds tenure (2015-2017), focused her energy on advocacy, education, public testimony, and confidentially mobilizing community members, advocates, and organizations to persuade DC Council to act. She used her voice to represent the forgotten, this resulted in the introduction and ultimate passage by the DC Council, despite a Mayoral veto, of B23-0437 – “Office of the Ombudsperson” for Children Establishment Amendment Act of 2020.
A social worker by background, Jacqueline Garrick entered the policy and program management realm upon her discharge from the US Army where she had specialized in post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) recovery and transition services.
Garrick has used her clinical experiences to improve quality of life programs and benefits for veterans, their families and employees. She has served in executive positions at the American Legion and the Departments of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Defense (DoD) and with Congress.
Garrick is a recognized public servant advocate with awards from several distinguished organizations. She is known for her work on organizational and professional development, strategic planning, programming and budgeting, legislation, oversight and investigations, personnel matters, and resilience and prevention approaches in the workplace. When Garrick left government, she founded Whistleblowers of America to provide peer support to those suffering the impacts of retaliation and advocate for mediation and continuous process improvement.
She developed the Whistleblower Retaliation Checklist to identify retaliation and its psychosocial impacts on employees in relation to the traumatic stressor of identity disruption. Garrick has coined the term Workplace Traumatic Stress and penned a Whistleblower Peer Mentor Code of Ethics and Workplace Promise campaign available on the WoA website.
Ted is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Marine Corps who is a combat and disabled veteran.
From 1979 to 1983, he served on full-time active duty with the Marine Corps as a Logistics Officer before he joined the Marine Corps Reserves where he performed intermittent extended periods of active duty from 1984 to 2006. During this timeframe, he also served in the Persian Gulf War with the 10th Marine Regiment in 1991.
In 2003, he was mobilized out of the Individual Ready Reserves in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and again in 2005 in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After he retired from the Marine Corps in 2006, he attended Rhode Island College for 2 years and obtained a Master’s Degree in Clinical Social Work in 2008.
Subsequently, he conducted individual and group therapy with combat veterans from January 2009 until February 2018 at the Warwick, RI VET Center for the Readjustment Counseling Service. Since 2018, Ted has been actively involved in advocating for changes in the VA’s VET Center Program because of excessive clinical productivity standards that have been adversely impacting counselor welfare and degrading their ability to provide quality care to veterans.
Jason Sterzer was appointed the Director of the Utah Division of Securities in 2021. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Interim Director of the Division of Securities for six months while also serving as the Director of the Utah Division of Corporations and Commercial Code. Previously, he served within the Division of Securities as a Securities Enforcement Legal Analyst and Securities Compliance Examiner. He is also an active member of the North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (NASAA). Mr. Sterzer graduated from the University of Utah with a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science and earned his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University School of Law. Mr. Sterzer is married with three children and resides in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Robert Kobus began his career with the FBI New York Office when he was 20 years old and retired after 35 years of service. During this time, he received 10 GS Level promotions and thousands of dollars in awards for outstanding service. Kobus loved working for the FBI. This all changed when he reported wrongdoing.
He observed and reported that his SSA (Supervisory Special Agent) created “no show” positions for employees under his responsibility. Kobus was told that he might be fired for simply advising the NYO Executive management of this illegal activity. Within weeks, he was removed from his Supervisory Position and made to sit on a deserted, trash filled vacant floor among 130 empty desks. FBI Special Agents were sent to his home to retrieve an assigned vehicle. In the end, after a nine year legal battle, DOJ-OIG and the DOJ-OARM both acknowledged that Kobus’ actions were correct. Kobus won his case. Now he has dedicated his life helping and supporting other FBI employees that have the integrity and courage to tell the truth.
Lindsey Rogerson a senior editor covering financial regulation at Thomson Reuters. Prior to joining Thomson Reuters, in November 2017, she consulted on the impact of financial regulation for a number of private sector organisations. Lindsey is an expert in regulating in the interests of consumers. She served six years as a member of the UK Financial Services Authority’s Consumer Panel, latterly chairing its European Working Group and four years as a consumer representative on the Stakeholder group of the European Securities and Markets Authority. Lindsey is also an award-winning investment journalist. She has edited a number of investment publications as well as the financial section of Scotland’s national newspaper, The Scotsman.
Lynne Egan is the Deputy Securities Commissioner for the Montana Commissioner of Securities and Insurance (CSI). Ms. Egan earned an accounting degree from Carroll College, passed the uniform CPA exam, and prior to joining the CSI worked as an income tax auditor. Ms. Egan also worked at D. A. Davidson & Co., a mid-size regional broker-dealer firm, from 1980-1990. Ms. Egan has held several leadership roles at the North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (NASAA). Ms. Egan is currently the Chairperson for the NASAA State Legislation Committee, Vice-Chairperson for the NASAA Investor Education Section, and has served as the Chairperson for the NASAA Committee on Senior Issues and Diminished Capacity. Ms. Egan is also a trustee for the Investor Protection Trust. Ms. Egan has extensive training in broker-dealer and investment adviser regulation, is an expert in capital formation regulation, has extensive experience in the securities industry, and has testified as a damages and liability expert witness in dozens of securities cases. Ms. Egan has also testified before a Congressional committee on the topics of investor protection and empowering people to make informed investment decisions.
Anthony Stansfeld was the first Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley, and served for nearly nine years before stepping down in May 2021. He has been outspoken about the failures of British regulators in policing corporate fraud. Stansfeld served in British Army in the Royal Green Jackets and Army Air Corps. He saw active service in Borneo and Northern Ireland, commanded helicopter squadrons in Northern Ireland, the Falklands, Belize, and flew in Canada and Hong Kong. He attended Army Staff College and served in Hong Kong as Chief of Staff Intelligence. Stansfield did much of the reconnaissance for the Darien Gap expedition in Panama and Columbia and also ran the first phase of Operation Raleigh in Honduras. As a businessman he was for 6 years Managing Director of the aircraft company Pilatus Britten Norman with aircraft in over 120 countries, including all three UK armed forces. Stansfield served as a District Councillor of West Berkshire for a number of years, and on the Police Authority. As the Police and Crime Commissioner for the Thames Valley, he was deputy chair of Strategic Counter Terrorism for PCCs nationally and led on fraud nationally. He has an MSc from Cranfield University, and is a keen fisherman and naturalist.
As Director of the US office of the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), Danielle provides direction and guidance to IFAW’s policy and campaign work in the United States, which includes efforts to save the right whale, combat wildlife trafficking, ban the private ownership of big cats, protect and strengthen bedrock environmental laws, and other initiatives that recognize the interconnected nature of human and animal well-being. Before leading the US team, Danielle was the Senior Policy & Outreach Manager, working to combat wildlife crime in the US, providing input and expertise to inform US implementation and negotiations of free trade agreements, and engaging with US agencies to identify points of intervention or collaboration to further IFAW’s priorities. Prior to IFAW, Danielle spent nearly seven years in the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s (FWS) International Affairs Program, most recently as Chief of the Office of Outreach and Communications. Danielle holds a Masters in Sustainable Development and Conservation Biology from the University of Maryland and a B.S. in Biology, Minor in Psychology from The Pennsylvania State University.
Andrea is the founder of Earth League International (ELI), the first Intelligence Agency for Earth, a pioneer in the use of professional intelligence applied to environmental crime. Made up of former intelligence and law enforcement operatives, crime analysts, cyber and geospatial intelligence experts and undercover investigators, ELI fights environmental crime by merging the worlds of conservation, intelligence and analysis. Andrea is also the creator of WildLeaks, the world’s first whistleblowing initiative dedicated to environmental crime. He is among the protagonists of the documentaries ‘The Ivory Game’ (Netflix) and ‘Sea of Shadows’ (NatGeo). He is a Fellow of The Explorers Club, and holds a master’s degree in Natural Sciences and a master’s degree in Business & Innovation.
Dr. Tanya Wyatt is a Professor of Criminology at Northumbria University in Newcastle, UK. She is a green criminologist specialising in wildlife crime and trafficking, non-human animal abuse and welfare, and the intersections with organized crime, corporate crime, and corruption. Her research also focuses on crimes of the powerful and invisible crimes with the intention to challenge society’s definitions of crime and the failure to hold powerful actors responsible for harm.
Executive Director of NWC
Siri Nelson is the Executive Director of the National Whistleblower Center. Nelson served as an Associate Attorney and Policy Counsel at Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto, the nation’s leading whistleblower law firm, where she worked closely with anonymous whistleblowers, legislators, and regulators. Nelson was the recipient of the highly prestigious and competitive Estelle S. Kohn Memorial Fellowship awarded by Northeastern University School of Law and was elected to be the Commencement Speaker for her Class at Northeastern University School. She graduated summa cum laude from the College of New Rochelle, School of New Resources, with a B.A. in Liberal Arts focused on the Social Sciences. Nelson has been published in Columbia’s Blue Sky Blog and The National Law Review. She also serves as an Editor & Legislative Correspondent at Whistleblower Network News.
Since 1985 Michael D. Kohn has successfully represented whistleblowers in numerous whistleblowers in qui tam and retaliation cases against the nation’s largest corporations and law firms, including Georgia Power Company, Brown & Root and Ashland Oil Company. Michael is a partner in the whistleblower law firm Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto. He represented the False Claims Act whistleblower in the first successful mortgage-fraud qui tam arising out of the 2008 market crash, Harris v. J.P Morgan. His primary litigation focus includes representing international whistleblowers under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, tax fraud whistleblowers, qui tam reward laws, the False Claims Act, SEC whistleblowers and IRS whistleblowers. In 2012, the firm obtained the largest qui tam whistleblower reward given to a single individual in history ($104 million to UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld). He is the co-author of two books on whistleblower law, including The Labor Lawyer’s Guide to the Rights and Responsibilities of Whistleblowers.
Since 1979 Tom Devine has been the Government Accountability Project’s legal director, where he has assisted over 8,000 whistleblowers and not lost a case since 2006. He also has been on the front lines for passage and oversight of 36 whistleblower laws, including nearly all U.S. federal laws and internationally from Serbia to the UN and World Bank, most recently the EU Whistleblower Directive and Ukraine. He is an adjunct professor at the DC Law School, has been recognized annually since 2012 by the Metropolitan Washington Lawyer’s Association as one of Washington DC’s top employment lawyers, appears regularly as a media expert, has authored numerous books and law journals, and spoken in over a dozen nations as the State Department’s informal “Ambassador of Whistleblowing.”
Danielle Brian is the Executive Director of the Project On Government Oversight (POGO). Under her leadership, the organization has grown from two employees and a budget in the thousands of dollars in 1993 to an organization with over forty staff and a budget of six million. POGO is a nonpartisan independent government watchdog whose investigations into corruption, misconduct, and conflicts of interest achieve a more effective, accountable, and ethical federal government. POGO’s investigative work under her stewardship has received journalism awards such as the Sigma Delta Chi award, the Robert D.G. Lewis Watchdog Journalism Award, the Dateline Award, and others. POGO has received the highest reviews for organizational and financial performance from the three largest charity evaluators in the country: Charity Navigator, Better Business Bureau, and Greatnonprofits.org.
For over 25 years Dean Zerbe was active in Congressional investigations of government waste, fraud, and abuse. Dean left Congress in 2008 where his last position was as Senior Counsel and Tax Counsel on the Senate Finance Committee for Senator Charles E. Grassley. Dean also served as Senator Grassley’s Chief Investigative Counsel on the Finance Committee for several years prior to being appointed Senior Counsel. In his work for Senator Grassley, Dean was the driving force behind the drafting and passage of legislation that created the Whistleblower Office at the IRS as well as changes in the tax code that greatly expand the rewards for tax whistleblowers. In addition, Dean was closely involved with the False Claims Act on behalf of Senator Grassley – who is the author of the modern False Claims Act/Qui Tam. Dean was recognized by National Journal as one of the top staffers in Congress for his work – listed as one of the “Hill 100.” Dean is currently a partner at Zerbe, Miller, Fingeret, Frank, & Jadav LLP, and Senior Policy Analyst for the National Whistleblower Center.
Stephen M. Kohn is one of the nation’s leading whistleblower attorneys. A founding director of the National Whistleblower Center, he is the author of eight books on whistleblower law, including The New Whistleblower’s Handbook: A Step-by-Step Guide to Doing What’s Right and Protecting Yourself. He is a practicing whistleblower attorney and serves pro bono as the Chairman of the Board of the National Whistleblower Center. Stephen is a partner in the whistleblower law firm Kohn, Kohn & Colapinto. His primary litigation focus includes representing international whistleblowers under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, tax fraud whistleblowers, qui tam reward laws, the False Claims Act, SEC whistleblowers and IRS whistleblowers. In 2012, the firm obtained the largest qui tam whistleblower reward given to a single individual in history ($104 million to UBS whistleblower Bradley Birkenfeld) and he represents Danske Bank Whistleblower Howard Wilkinson.
Eric Hylton currently serves in a dual role as the Director of Investigations for ZMF, Law and National Director of Compliance for alliantgroup. He held several prominent positions at the IRS, including serving as the Commissioner of the Small Business/Self-Employed Division, Deputy of the Criminal Investigation Division as well as the Executive Director of CI’s International Operations. As the Director of Investigations for ZMF, he advises clients on criminal tax investigations, tax controversy matters, internal investigations, cryptocurrency, and whistleblower claims. As National Director of Compliance, Eric employs his years of experience at the IRS to assist alliantgroup’s clients as an ambassador for U.S. small and medium sized businesses (SMBs) and in helping others become tax compliant.
Wendy is the founder of SpeakOut SpeakUp Ltd, a storytelling consultancy and training company developed in 2012 which provides training, lectures and talks to move people towards Courageous Conversations. Prior to SpeakOut SpeakUp, Wendy worked in the accounting industry where she blew the whistle internally on malfeasance, committed by joint CEOs, but was met with purposeful obfuscation. Demonstrating courage and a willingness to endure the danger of being exposed, Wendy took a moral stand against bribery and corruption and blew the whistle externally. Her whistleblower case is now recognized as “South Africa’s Enron,” the biggest corporate scandal in South Africa’s history. Wendy is at the cutting edge of behavioural change, currently in collaboration with the University of East London‘s Virtual Reality Lab to develop Virtual Reality immersions for Courageous Conversations.
Additionally, Wendy is a lecturer at Surrey University and Warwick Business School, is a contributing member of the UNCAC Coalition, the Corruption Research Group of the Surrey University and sits on the advisory board of the Whistleblowing Research Unit which runs the International Whistleblowing Research Network at Middlesex University in the United Kingdom.
Caroline Raat holds a PhD degree in Law and Public Administration. She is an expert in constitutional and human rights, especially in relation to Freedom of Information and Speech. As a researcher Caroline devoted her career to understanding power as a phenomenon, and to address all sorts of power issues, such as corruption and abuse. She wrote several documents for Transparency International Netherlands on whistleblowing and its legislation, and she is regarded as one of the country’s experts on the topic. Apart from that, Caroline also works as a legal advisor for whistleblowers and other citizens that are crushed by administration, and she is a well-known speaker on the topic. In November 2021, her new book on integrity and the law will be for sale. In 2019, she established a Platform for integrity researchers: www.onafhankelijkeonderzoekers.nl.
Dr. Rebecca Ananian-Welsh is a Senior Lecturer at The University of Queensland TC Beirne School of Law, Australia, where her present research explores the impact of national security laws on courts and press freedom. Rebecca has a dual interest in constitutional law and counter-terrorism and has published widely in these fields, including one book and two edited volumes. Prior to joining UQ Law, Rebecca held positions with the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at University of New South Wales Sydney, DLA Piper Sydney and the Australian Government Attorney-General’s Department. Her contributions have been recognised in a number of awards, including a 2019 Academy of Social Sciences in Australia Paul Bourke Award.
Gretchen Peters is the Executive Director of the The Center on Illicit Networks and Transnational Organized Crime. She has served as a consultant to the U.S. Defense Department and U.S. law enforcement on transnational organized crime and co-chaired an OECD Task Force on fighting wildlife crime. Her expertise is in researching and mapping transnational organized crime networks, working with U.S. Central Command and U.S. Special Operations Command among others. Gretchen authored the groundbreaking book, Seeds of Terror, about the Taliban’s role in the Afghan heroin trade. She has also written various chapters in leading academic books about the intersection of crime and conflict.
Gretchen appeared on the Daily Show to discuss the Taliban and the heroin trade. She has delivered presentations and training programs about Afghanistan to the various government entities including: the Pentagon, the State Department, the Drug Enforcement Administration, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency, Special Operations Command, for the Navy Seals and thousands of other NATO servicemen and women deploying to Afghanistan.
Kieran Pender is a senior lawyer with the Human Rights Law Centre in Australia. He leads the Centre’s work on whistleblower protections. He is also an honorary lecturer at The Australian National University College of Law and a writer for The Guardian. Before joining the HRLC, Kieran was a senior legal advisor with the International Bar Association’s Legal Policy & Research Unit.
Katie Paul is the Director of the Tech Transparency Project. She specializes in tracking criminal activity on online platforms such as Facebook. She also serves as co-director of the Antiquities Trafficking and Heritage Anthropology Research (ATHAR) Project and a founding member of the Alliance to Counter Crime Online (ACCO). She holds a bachelor’s degree from Miami University (OH) with a double major in Anthropology and Ancient Greek and earned an M.A. in Anthropology at The George Washington University.
Faith Anderson is the Chief of Registration and Regulatory Affairs of the Securities Division of the Washington State Department of Financial Institutions. She supervises legal staff responsible for reviewing applications for registration in small public offerings, non-traded REITs, BDCs, oil and gas programs, bank holding companies, in-state municipal bond offerings, church bond offerings, rescission offers, business opportunity offerings, and franchise offerings. She oversees the processing of exemption filings and is experienced in issues concerning investment advisers and pooled investment vehicles. She is also responsible for reviewing requests for interpretive and no-action letters, promulgating policy and interpretive statements, amending the Division’s administrative rules, and reviewing and drafting legislation.
Ms. Anderson chairs the Small Business/Limited Offerings Project Group of the North American Securities Administrators Association, Inc. (NASAA) and is a member of NASAA’s State Legislation Committee and Electronic Filing Depository Steering Committee. She has served as primary drafter on several NASAA comment letters on SEC rule proposals, has led NASAA’s project to create a coordinated multi-state review program for Reg. A+ offerings, and continues to provide input on the development of a nationwide electronic filing system for state securities filings.
Giancarlo Spagnolo (M.Phil. Cambridge; Ph.D., Stockholm School of Economics) is Professor of Economics at the University of Rome Tor Vergata (on leave) and at SITE – Stockholm School of Economic. He is also non-resident fellow of the Einaudi Institute of Economics and Finance (EIEF) and a research fellow of CEPR, London, and MACCI, Mannheim. He is an internationally recognized authority on Competition Policy and Regulation, Anti-Corruption and related issues. He has published many widely quoted scientific articles in top international academic journals including Econometrica, the Journal of Economic Theory and the RAND Journal of Economics, and has been advising many national and international institutions.
Mark S. Zaid is a Washington, D.C. based attorney who has been representing whistleblowers, particularly high-profile national security clients, for 25 years. Since 2009, he has annually been designated a Washington, D.C. Super Lawyer, and in 2020, the Washington Metropolitan Employment Lawyer’s Association named him “Attorney of the Year” for his work on the Intelligence Community Whistleblower’s case. Earlier this year Washingtonian Magazine named him as one of D.C.’s Most Influential People in 2021 for Legal Intelligentsia. As the National Law Journal once wrote, “if Agent Mulder ever needed a lawyer, Zaid would be his man.” He teaches the D.C. Bar CLE class on federal whistleblower claims, and in 2017, Mr. Zaid co-founded Whistleblower Aid, a non-profit law firm that provides pro bono legal representation to whistleblowers, particularly in the national security arena.
Neil L. Henrichsen has been a voice for working people his entire professional career, a member of the District of Columbia Bar for over 30 years, is a member of the highest courts of Virginia, New Jersey and Florida, numerous federal trial and appellate courts as well as the U.S. Supreme Court.
Neil is an experienced AV rated trial lawyer representing exclusively employees in all areas of labor and employment law, including whistleblower, wage, discrimination and other claims. Additionally, Neil has been involved with litigating significant cases under Title IX, the False Claim Act, the Fair Housing Act and class actions. Neil also works in the civil rights law field often teaming with civil rights and public interest law organizations.
Neil was raised in the Bronx, NY by his mother, a New York City special education teacher active as a union steward with the American Federation of Teachers. He knows the value of public education having attended public schools through high school and for his B.A. degree, cum laude, from the City University of New York, Hunter College. Neil has a law degree from the Washington College of Law, The American University, and a Master of Arts degree from The American University, School of International Service.
Pamela Forward is a workplace mediator, researcher and founding President of Whistleblowing Canada Research Society. A graduate of Carleton University (BA Political Science, Graduate Studies in Conflict Resolution, MA Legal Studies) and a Registered Nurse, Pamela has had a varied career in business, health care, and government (federal public service and advisor to federal cabinet Ministers). She has been active in professional, community, and political organizations throughout her career.
Forwards interest in whistleblowing advocacy began in the 1990’s when she formed an alliance with others to support whistleblowers in the Federal Public Service. She recently completed an in-depth, qualitative case study on whistleblowing regarding drug safety issues at Health Canada which highlighted many system flaws contributing to the perpetuation of reprisals against truth-tellers and impunity for wrong-doers. This blend of knowledge and experience has stimulated an abiding interest in supporting conflict-friendly, ethical and accountable organizations and inspired the founding of Whistleblowing Canada Research Society.
Executive Director, TURN–The Utility Reform Network
As executive director since 2008, Mark aligns the TURN legal, organizing, legislative and communication staff to fight for affordable, sustainable and safe energy, broadband and phone service for all California residents, with a special focus on low-income households, communities of color, immigrants, and rural communities.
Mark was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the California State Bar, and serves on the boards of ACLU Northern California, National Whistleblower Center, and California Shakespeare Theatre.
Mark served as executive director of Center for Third World Organizing for four years, and for Direct Action for Rights & Equality for eight years. He holds a B.A. from Brown University, a Sociology Ph.D. from UC Berkeley, and his leadership has been recognized as a Kellogg National Leadership Fellow, National Science Foundation Fellow, Mother Jones Heroes for Hard Times.
Professor A J Brown is leader of the Centre for Governance & Public Policy’s public integrity and anti-corruption research program, and professor of public policy and law in the School of Government & International Relations. A 25-year veteran of developments in Australia’s integrity systems, since 2010 he has been a board member of Transparency International Australia, the world anti-corruption organisation, and in 2017 and again in 2020 was elected to Transparency International’s global board, where he led the development of its worldwide strategy ‘Holding Power to Account, 2021-2030’. Since 2005 he has led six Australian Research Council projects into public integrity and governance reform, including two establishing the Australian Constitutional Values Survey, three into public interest whistleblowing, and the 2020 Australian Research Council Linkage Project report, ‘Australia’s National Integrity System: The Blueprint for Reform’. In 2012, his biography Michael Kirby: Paradoxes & Principles was shortlisted for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, Walkley Book Award and National Biography Award. He was the 2017-18 President of the Australian Political Studies Association, and a member of the Commonwealth Ministerial Expert Advisory Panel on Whistleblower Protection (2017-2019). He is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.
Charles "Chip" Barber
Charles “Chip” Barber is Senior Biodiversity Advisor at the World Resources Institute (WRI), a global policy research institution focusing on environment and sustainable development. He also serves as Director of the Institute’s Forest Legality Initiative. Prior to joining WRI Chip served from 2009 to 2014 as Forest Division Chief at the U.S. Department of State and from 2005 to 2009 as Environmental Advisor with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). He previously worked on natural resources policy as a consultant for IUCN, The Nature Conservancy, the World Bank, Asian Development Bank, UNDP, UNEP, NRDC, UN University, and other organizations. From 1989 to 2001, he was also with WRI, based for most of the time in Southeast Asia. Dr. Barber received his Ph.D. in Jurisprudence and Social Policy from the University of California, Berkeley, completing a doctoral dissertation on the political economy of community forestry initiatives in Indonesia. He also received his J.D. and MA. in Asian Studies from UC Berkeley. He is fluent in Bahasa Indonesia.