President and Chief Executive Officer
Jeb White is the President and Chief Executive Officer of TAF. He is also the host of the organization’s podcast, Fraud in America. Jeb began his legal career at TAF, where he first served as the Director of Legal Education from 2004-2007 and then as the President and CEO from 2007-2010. Jeb was recognized for growing the TAF community and for leading the efforts resulting in the enactment of various state False Claims Acts and the strengthening of the federal False Claims Act in 2009 and 2010. From 2010-2020, Jeb was a partner with the national whistleblower law firm Nolan Auerbach & White LLP. In May 2020, in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis, Jeb returned to TAF as the President and CEO. As an authority on whistleblower laws, Jeb has penned amicus curiae briefs in several Supreme Court cases examining the federal False Claims Act and has been a trusted source for the Department of Justice and other government officials in need of whistleblower law expertise. Jeb has frequently represented TAF in the media and appeared in a variety of outlets including CNBC and The Wall Street Journal. He also lectures on the law and has spoken to the House Judiciary Committee, the American Bar Association, and the American Law Institute. Jeb is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and the Georgetown University Law Center.
Director of Legal Education
Jacklyn DeMar is the Director of Legal Education of TAF. Jacklyn works with whistleblowers, their counsel, and government attorneys on matters involving the various whistleblower programs. She files amicus curiae brief in federal courts across the country—including the U.S. Supreme Court—and serves as editor-in-chief of TAF’s legal periodical, the False Claims Act & Qui Tam Quarterly Review. She is also responsible for coordinating the TAF Annual Conference, the nation’s largest annual False Claims Act conference. Jacklyn began at TAF as the staff attorney in August 2014 and has focused on False Claims Act and other fraud practices for most of her career, since graduating cum laude from American University’s Washington College of Law in 2009. She has experience practicing at large DC law firms, as well as ample experience in the e-Discovery field from her experience working for one of the largest e-Discovery providers in the Unite States. She is a member of the Maryland and DC bars.
Director of Operations & Membership Services
Takeia Garner-Kiett is the TAF Director of Operations & Membership Services. Takeia is responsible for manning the day-to-day activities of the organization, including human resources, benefits, payroll administration, finances, risk management, accounts receivable and payable, endowment and funding operations, and is a liaison between the staff and the TAF Board of Directors. Takeia also manages the membership side of the organization and plays an integral part in all member-related initiatives such as conference planning, database management, and fielding member inquires. Takeia joined TAF in February 2005 with a background in the legal and non-profit fields, with a specific expertise in association management and conference planning. Takeia earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Maryland, University College and lives in Maryland with her husband, two children, and feisty beagle.
Director of Communications & Digital
James King is the TAF Director of Communications and Digital. James directs the organization’s strategic communications strategy and digital content. He also manages the TAF website, social media channels, weekly newsletter, blog, podcast, legal document database, membership database, printing, marketing, and virtual events. James began at TAF as the Communications and Digital Specialist in March 2019 with a background in digital strategy and communication. Prior to joining TAF, James worked at Indivisible, the Center for American Progress, Every Voice, and President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. He also served as a consultant for state and national progressive organizations. James graduated from Kent State University in 2013 and completed a postgraduate degree at the George Washington University in 2015.
Public Interest Advocacy Fellow
Julia-Jeane Lighten is the TAF Public Interest Advocacy Fellow for 2022-2023. Julia-Jeane is responsible for undertaking various legal research and writing projects such as drafting bi-weekly legal case summaries and blog posts. Before joining TAF, Julia-Jeane worked as a paralegal at a law firm in Baltimore City, where she assisted with commercial litigation matters. She previously interned at Middlebury College’s Center for Community Engagement and Poder Ciudadano in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Julia-Jeane earned her Bachelor of Arts in International and Global Studies-Latin America from Middlebury College in May 2020. She plans to attend law school.