Gene Kimmelman is Vice President for Federal and International Affairs at Consumers Union (CU), an expert, independent, nonprofit organization whose mission is to work for a fair, just, and safe marketplace for all consumers. CU publishes Consumer Reports and ConsumerReports.org. Mr. Kimmelman was promoted to this new position in January 2006 to undertake an expanded role managing CUís international consumer work. He is responsible for management and oversight of all of CUís federal and international public policy and advocacy activities. He has extensive knowledge in a wide variety of public policy issues, with expertise in telecommunications, cable television, product liability, and antitrust law. His previous title at CU was Senior Director, Public Policy and Advocacy.
Mr. Kimmelman is a nationally recognized expert on deregulation and consumer protection issues, particularly in the area of telecommunications. He was the lead consumer advocate during the federal government's consideration of the Telecommunications Act of 1996, major media and telecommunications mergers and testifies often before Congress as it reviews federal policy involving these industries. Mr. Kimmelman is widely quoted on these issues in a variety of publications including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post. He is interviewed frequently for network and cable television news programs.
Prior to joining Consumers Union, Mr. Kimmelman served for two years as chief counsel and staff director for the Antitrust Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Prior to that, he was legislative director for the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) where, during his 10-year tenure, he directed CFA's legislative, regulatory, and judicial intervention program. Mr. Kimmelman began his career as a consumer advocate and staff attorney for Public Citizen's Congress Watch.
Mr. Kimmelman is a Phi Beta Kappa, Magna Cum Laude graduate of Brown University. He studied in Denmark as a Fulbright Fellow at Copenhagen University's graduate program on the public sector. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia and was the recipient of the University's Fortsman Fellowship in 1980.