Senior Director of Advocacy & Strategy

Dana Gold is the Senior Director of Advocacy & Strategy and Director of the Democracy Protection Initiative at the Government Accountability Project. With a robust history at the organization, Dana has evolved from a student fellow in 1991 to a pivotal leader, serving as chief strategist and spokesperson for the organization’s mission and methodology of representing whistleblowers and ensuring their disclosures protect democracy and promote government and corporate accountability. She works closely with the Executive Director and other directors in determining the organization’s strategic priorities, overseeing its issue campaigns, and coordinating its critical advocacy functions.

For over 30 years, Dana has represented and worked with numerous whistleblowers on issues such as nuclear weapons risks, food safety, climate science censorship, banking fraud, illegal electronic surveillance, and immigration abuses. Her groundbreaking work on immigration advocacy includes serving as lead counsel for several Department of Homeland Security whistleblowers who have disclosed systemic risk of harm to both children and adult migrants in detention.

In addition to her work with the Government Accountability Project, Dana co-founded and directed the Center on Corporations, Law & Society at Seattle University School of Law, served as Program Director for Corporate Governance Executive Education at Boston College Law School, and served as an employee advocate member of the Hanford Concerns Council, an alternative dispute resolution forum that resolved complex whistleblower issues at the Hanford nuclear site in Washington state. Dana is a graduate of the College of William & Mary and Seattle University School of Law, a former Network Fellow with Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics, and the recipient of the 2019 Professional Women in Advocacy Conference’s Excellence in Advocacy award. Her work has been featured in The Washington Post, Newsweek, Slate, The Hill, CNN, Government Executive, and WNYC’s On the Media.
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