Don Gemberling is a retired attorney and a graduate of Macalester College and the William Mitchell College of Law cum laude. He has authored numerous articles on privacy and government accountability, including co-authorship of two law review articles often cited by Minnesota courts. He has made thousands of presentations to citizen and governmental groups.
He was the principal drafts-person of the Minnesota Government Data Practices Act and an expert resource to the legislature, government agencies and the public on a variety of information laws that govern open meetings, data privacy, medical records, educational records, and criminal justice information,
Upon his retirement from the State of Minnesota in May, 2004, Gemberling was the subject of resolutions by both the Minnesota House and Senate that honored and thanked him for his state service. These resolutions recognized his work, over more than 30 years, with the legislature, government, other organizations, and citizens on issues of government openness and accountability, data privacy and the interface between humanity and technology.
Although retired from state service, he retains his interest in data privacy, government accountability, and related issues, works as a consultant, and makes presentations to citizen and other groups. Don serves on the board of the Minnesota Coalition on Government Information.