Senior Counsel & Director of Education
Dana Gold currently serves as Government Accountability Project’s Senior Counsel and Director of Education. In this role, Dana develops and implements a broad range of public education initiatives that foster awareness of Government Accountability Project’s work and the essential role whistleblowers play in promoting government and corporate accountability. In addition, Dana serves as an ambassador for the organization, engaging partners and allies across a wide range of stakeholder groups, including those in academia, private attorneys, NGOs, ethics professionals, whistleblowers, and others in collaborative efforts to advance Government Accountability Project’s mission.
Dana has had a lifelong professional relationship with whistleblowers and Government Accountability Project. She joined Government Accountability Project in 1991 as a student fellow, continuing on as a legal intern. From 1995-2002, Dana served as Government Accountability Project’s Director of Operations and as a staff attorney, representing whistleblowers who disclosed fraud and serious public health, safety, and the environmental threats on the Trans-Alaskan pipeline and at contractor-operated nuclear sites, including Hanford, Rocky Flats, and Los Alamos.
From 2003-2008, Dana co-founded and directed the Center on Corporations, Law & Society at Seattle University School of Law. There she taught whistleblower law and corporate governance while building an academic center that produced interdisciplinary scholarship and facilitated dialogue among diverse stakeholders about how corporate law and governance affects societal interests. Having developed a successful Directors Training Academy for corporate board directors and senior management while at Seattle University, Dana was recruited to served as the Program Director for Corporate Governance Executive Education at Boston College Law School before returning to work with Government Accountability Project as a Senior Fellow to build Government Accountability Project’s American Whistleblower Tour in 2011.
From 2005-2016, Dana served as an employee advocate member of the Hanford Concerns Council, an alternative dispute resolution forum that resolved complex whistleblower issues at Hanford in Washington State. She has also served on the board of Hanford Challenge, a Government Accountability Project sister organization, since 2007. Dana, who received her B.A. from the College of William and Mary and her J.D. cum laude from Seattle University School of Law, most recently served as a Network Fellow at Harvard University’s Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics from 2014-2015, focusing on whistleblowing and institutional corruption.