National Whistleblower Center

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The National Whistleblowers Center is the premier advocacy organization for whistleblowers. NWC’s board is made up of advocates in several issue areas, including the environment, health, and social equality. Our board members are committed to facilitating improved protections for employee whistleblowers to speak out without fear.

Board of Directors

As of January 2012;[1]

  • Dr. Gina Green, Chairperson, a former Vice President of the Nature Conservancy, has over 25 years of experience as an environmental advocate
  • Michael D. Kohn, President, is a nationally recognized litigator with a focus on whistleblower protection law and the co-author of The Labor Lawyers Guide to the Rights and Responsibilities of Employee Whistleblowers and Whistleblower Law: A Guide to Legal Protections for Corporate Employees.
  • Stephen M. Kohn, Executive Director, of the National Whistleblowers Center and the author of The Whistleblower's Handbook: A Step by Step Guide to Doing What's Right and Protecting Yourself (Lyons Press, 2011).
  • Richard Renner, Legal Director and Corporate Secretary, with a long record of service for labor organizers and civil rights. He was a member of the Executive Board of the National Employment Lawyers Association (NELA) from 2008-2011 and a former Co-Chair of NELA's Whistleblower Committee. Mr. Renner has a SB in Mathematics from MIT (1978) and a J.D. from NYU (1981). He is licensed to practice law in Ohio, Maryland and District of Columbia.
  • Dr. Robert Smith, MD, Director. In 2001, Dr. Robert Smith, along with several other physicians, put his career on the line by filing a lawsuit and whistleblower action under the False Claims Act against a former employer for government fraud. The lawsuit was successful.
  • Mark Toney, Director, is the Executive Director of The Utility Reform Network (TURN) in San Francisco, CA.
  • Jane Turner, Director FBI Oversight Program. After twenty years as a FBI Special Agent, Jane Turner led efforts to force the FBI to provide protection for child sex crime victims on the North Dakota Indian Reservations. In retaliation for exposing FBI failures within its child crime program, Turner was removed from her position. Her whistleblower case is still pending.