"Gary is a social psychologist and widely regarded as North America’s foremost authority on Workplace Bullying. In 2007, 2010, 2014 and 2017 Dr. Namie wrote, and Zogby Analytics conducted, the most frequently cited, largest-ever, scientific U.S. survey of Workplace Bullying. Along with his wife, Ruth, they wrote the popular books, The Bully-Free Workplace (Wiley, 2011) and The Bully At Work 2nd ed. (Sourcebooks, 2009). He has 21 years university teaching experience in management and psychology, including the University of Southern California. He was a corporate manager for two regional hospital systems. He won national and college campus teaching awards. He now directs the only U.S. research and education organization with a focus on bullying at work, the Workplace Bullying Institute. The media regard Dr. Namie, after 1,200+ interviews, as the go-to expert. He leads advocates to enact the anti-bullying Healthy Workplace Bill in US states. He serves as expert witness in bullying-related legal cases. Work Doctor®, the consulting firm, created the Workplace Bullying specialization."

"WBI is the first and only U.S. organization dedicated to the eradication of workplace bullying that combines help for individuals, research, books, public education, training for professionals-unions-employers, legislative advocacy, and consulting solutions for organizations. Established 1997."

Legal Expert


David Yamada J.D

Suffolk University Law Professor

Legal Expert

"Perception of organizational justice impacts productivity and individual well-being. Careers, livelyhoods, and paychecks are at stake, not to mention personal health and dignity."

                                                                                                            David Yamada, J.D

Professor Yamada is the premier legal expert on workplace bullying in the United States, and the author of the Healthy Workplace Bill. He is also the founder of the New Workplace Institute at Suffolk Law School, Boston.


Carrie Clark is a native of Decatur, Illinois and a graduate of Eastern Illinois University.  She ha

Carrie Clark, M. A. The Workplace Bullying Institute, affiliate

Co-Founder of the California Healthy Workplace Advocates

Carrie Clark is a native of Decatur, Illinois and a graduate of Eastern Illinois University.  She taught English in the US and in China and she taught Business Communications at the University of Michigan.  

Carrie Clark is co-founder of the Healthy Workplace Advocates national network which is affiliated with the Workplace Bullying Institute.  For seventeen years she has served as a labor advocate and activist with a goal to educate the workforce about workplace bullying and to pass anti-work abuse legislation in all states and at the federal level.


Michelle Smith, University Student Recruiter, CHWA

Co-Founder of the California Healthy Workplace Advocates

Michelle Smith worked as a student recruiter for the "Largest Private University", as per their advertisement.  Although she questioned the fact that their management style led to an 84% turnover, as listed on the report, but management denied those facts.  She witnessed many employees being verbally abused by management.  When she questioned their tactics, her performance reviews began to reflect negative ratings.  That prompted her to join other employees in filing a class action lawsuit against the organization to to claim unpaid overtime, which was settled in the labor's favor.  Six weeks later, Michelle was released from employment.  


This ordeal lead Michelle to attend one of Dr. Namie's presentations and it was at this function that she met Carrie Clark.  With the request from Dr. Namie, Carrie and Michelle created and co-founded the California Healthy Workplace Advocates (CHWA) in Sacramento.  Together they held public monthly meetings since 2004 and used the mission statement to provide awareness of workplace bullying.

About Us


Angie Martinez, Chair

"I have personally been a target of workplace abuse.  I had no idea what was happening to me until I found the California Healthy Workplace Advocates website and  I saw Dr. Gary Namie on YouTube.  It was then that I discovered the term Workplace Bullying.  Although I was glad to discover that the ill-natured behavior had a name, I was disappointed to discover that there is no cure to stop the bullying in the workplace. In fact, the management protected the bullies in order to protect their interests. I researched policies and laws to discover that bullying falls in between the shadows edge of the organizations policies, Code of Ethics,  Workplace Violence, and Sexual Harassment & Discrimination laws in California.  

I am determined to advocate to change the legislation.   If you are motivated to help with this cause, please contact us so that we can tap on the shoulders of our State Representatives to pass legislation."

   Make a difference today for a safe and healthy tomorrow?

Angie is a retired Public Safety Officer with 30 years of service and serves as a Public Safety Educator in the public sector.  She is an Entrepreneur of a medical service business serving the South Bay anf the San Francisco Bay area at Special Events venues.  Last year Angie agreed to step in and continue the Mission established by the Founders by branching out to create the Silicon Valley Chapter in San Jose, California and overseeing the Capitol Chapter in Sacramento, California.


Jeff Rrecht, Co-Chair

"I  have been a steward for SEIU Local 1000 since 2006 and I noticed that my biggest case volume was Workplace Bullying.  I have come to specialize in these sorts of cases over the years, for the union. I have advised my members how to do a complaint.  I use organizing techniques;  flier campaigns to expose bully bosses; and organize discussions with legislators to recruit their cooperation.  I have researched workplace bullying and discovered WBI (Workplace Bullying Institute) founded by Dr. Gary and Dr. Ruth Namie.  I have joined their mission to try and have the California Healthy Workplace Bill passed.

I guide Targets [recipients of the bullying] has to be strategic in what they file and when they file it. I guide them on how to log, document, and write a good complaint. I have had an enormous success rate by using a combination of union organizing and legal complaints.  I do not use the grievance process, because they are easily denied.

I am campaigning to get rid of Bullying in the Workplace in California."

                                        Join me in my campaign!

Jeff is an experienced Union Steward who had demonstrated a long  history of working in the government relations industry. Skilled in Analytical Skills, Microsoft Word, Oracle Database, Government, and Databases. Strong operations professional graduated from CSU Sacramento.   Jeff will lead the Capitol Chapter and coordinate lobbying efforts at our State Offices.