Kay Guinane is a public interest attorney who specializes in the rights of nonprofit organizations, particularly in the areas of free speech, association and national security. As Director of the Charity & Security Network she leads efforts to make national security rules impacting nonprofit organizations consistent with Constitutional and human rights principles and to eliminate unnecessary barriers to their legitimate work. She has published research, testified before Congress and the Federal Election Commission, and engaged extensively in advocacy and consulting on these issues in the U.S. and abroad. She serves as Co-Chair of the Global NPO Coalition on FATF.
Ms. Guinane has represented a wide variety of nonprofit organizations, both as an advocate on issues and an advisor on tax and nonprofit law. She was Director of Nonprofit Speech Rights at OMB Watch, a Washington, D.C. based government watchdog organization and also worked for the Alliance for Justice, the National Consumer Law Center, Environmental Action (Washington, DC), the Legal Aid Society of Louisville, and Citizens for Social and Economic Justice and the public defender service (Hazard, Kentucky). She holds Bachelors and Juris Doctor degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and is licensed to practice law in the District of Columbia, Kentucky and Maryland.