Chief of Staff / Chief Operating Officer
Michael Termini serves as Government Accountability Project’s Chief of Staff / Chief Operating Officer. In this role, Michael works directly with the Executive Director & CEO as his second in command and central strategic adviser to: oversee staff recruitment and the organization’s daily operations and strategic planning activities; identify and address ongoing organizational priorities, opportunities, challenges, and risks; advise the ED/CEO and staff on the achievement of Government Accountability Project’s programmatic, financial and organizational strategic objectives; and together with the ED/CEO, direct and execute all Development teams and initiatives for the organization.
Michael also serves as the Director of the Environment, Energy and Climate Change Program, the International Program, and the Government Accountability Project’s Investigations & FOIA program.
In 2018, Michael acquired his Certificate in Executive Leadership from Cornell University through the Cornell SC Johnson College of Business with perfect grading on all assignments and courses. Michael graduated with Distinction from Kent Law School at the University of Kent in Canterbury, England, with a dual LL.M. Master of Laws degree in International Law and International Relations in 2006, and Magna Cum Laude from the State University of New York at New Paltz with a Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy and Psychology in 2003. Michael has served as a strategic adviser and consultant to a host of non-profit organizations, and prior to joining Government Accountability Project in 2007, worked as program manager at Citizens Campaign for the Environment in Farmingdale, New York, and program manager at Codhill Press in New Paltz, New York. He also interned in the Global Policy Department at the United Nations Association of the USA and at the Supreme Court in Dutchess County, New York.
Michael has been presented numerous awards, including a town board commendation for his civil rights victory defending worker rights in Woodstock, New York in 2004; the Spirit Award for his work in support of the rights to dignity and to life in the medical sector at Vassar Brothers Medical Center in 2005; and the “Achievement Prize” by the Chair of the Board of Examiners of Kent Law School in 2007 for the achievement of Kent’s highest scholastic honor. Michael also authored Exceptionalism and the George W. Bush Presidency: A New Extreme Taken at the Expense of the International Rule of Law (VDM Verlag Publishing, 2009).