Appointed as Policy Analyst, Consumers Union


Mellon/ACLS Public Fellows

PhD field of study

PhD, History, University of Wisconsin, Madison

Position Description

Consumers Union, the advocacy division of Consumer Reports, is a not-for-profit organization founded in New York in 1936 with the mission to work for a fair, just and safe marketplace for all consumers. It exposes abuses and works to change the marketplace through policy research and published reports, lobbying, grassroots and media campaigns, social networking, engaging its nearly one million consumer activists, and collaboration with other groups in the fight to advance pro-consumer goals. The Policy Analyst joins a team or teams of policy experts, organizers, researchers, and media experts on programmatic and national campaign teams that focus on Food Safety, Product Safety, Financial Services, Health Reform, Patient Safety, Energy, Telecommunications or Privacy. The analyst’s responsibilities include: legal and policy research; policy analysis and development; writing for different audiences (policymakers, the public, the Web, the media); federal and state lobbying; social networking; developing consumer stories; and working with engaged volunteers to advance consumer protections.