Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo won a landmark lawsuit against the Environmental Protection Agency which resulted in the passage of the Notification of Federal Employees Anti-discrimination and Retaliation Act (NO FEAR). She is author of the book No Fear: A Whistleblower’s Triumph Over Corruption and Retaliation at the EPA. Dr. Coleman-Adebayo is a leader in a community effort to preserve the River Road African Cemetery in Bethesda, Maryland. In 2017, Marsha was inducted into the Maryland Women's Hall of Fame.
Dr. Marsha Coleman-Adebayo received her BA degree from Barnard College/Columbia University and her doctorate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Coleman-Adebayo was a Senior Policy Analyst in the Office of the Administrator at the US Environmental Protection Agency. She has held various academic positions as Adjunct Professor at the Georgetown University – School of Foreign Studies and Visiting Scholar in the Department of African-American Studies at George Mason University. On August 18, 2000, Dr. Coleman-Adebayo won an historic lawsuit against the EPA on the basis of race, sex, color discrimination, and a hostile work environment. She subsequently testified before Congress on two occa sions. As a result, the Notification of Federal Employees Anti-discrimination and Retaliation Act [No FEAR] was introduced by Congressman F. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI), Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee ( D-TX) and Senator John Warner (R- VA). Along with the No FEAR Coalition, she ushered the No FEAR Bill through Congress. President George W. Bush signed the No FEAR Act into law. Thousands of federal workers and their families have directly benefited from this law. Dr. Coleman-Adebayo is also the founder of the No FEAR Coalition. The No FEAR Coalition is a grouping of civil rights and whistleblower organizations that fight for increased legislative protections for federal employees. Dr. Coleman-Adebayo has been featured in a host of newspapers, such as, the New York Times, the Washington Post, Government Executive and Federal Times. She is a wife and mother of two children.