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Ed Mierzwinski is the federal Consumer Program Director and Senior Fellow for WashPIRG. He has worked in the federal advocacy office of the Federation of State Public Interest Research Groups (U.S. PIRG) since 1989. He often testifies before both Congress and state legislatures and has authored or co-authored numerous reports on a wide range of consumer issues, with an emphasis on financial services, including credit cards, credit reports, privacy, identity theft, banking and financial services, as well as issues ranging from product safety and consumer legal rights to airline passenger rights. He lectures and speaks at events on these and other issues, including against the threat of federal preemption of stronger state consumer and public health laws. He chairs the Americans for Financial Reform Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Task Force. He has had recent articles in the American Prospect and the Journal of Consumer Affairs.
Mr. Mierzwinski has appeared on television and radio shows including the Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS This Morning, ABC Nightline, CNN Crossfire and Anderson Cooper 360, C-Span Washington Journal, and NPR's flagship talk shows including The Diane Rehm Show, To The Point with Warren Olney and Talk of the Nation. He is regularly quoted in major newspapers including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Washington Post and has been profiled in the New York Times.
He is a 2003 recipient of Privacy International’s “Brandeis Award” for privacy protection efforts and a 2006 recipient of the Consumer Federation of America’s “Esther Peterson Consumer Service Award.” For his efforts on Wall Street reform, in both 2010 and 2011 “The Hill” newspaper selected him as a “Top Lobbyist” awardee, and in 2011 Bloomberg Businessweek selected him as one of “15 Power Brokers: Regulators, lawmakers and lobbyists shaping the torrent of regulations.” Others on the list included U.S. Senators and high administration officials.
In August 2009, Mr. Mierzwinski was elected to a 3-year term on the board of directors of Consumer Reports, publisher of Consumer Reports Magazine and with an advocacy arm now known as Consumers Union. He is a founding and current member of the Steering Committee of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue, which advises the U.S. Government and European Union on consumer issues. He is a former member of the Federal Reserve Board’s Consumer Advisory Council.
Mr. Mierzwinski is a graduate of the University of Connecticut (BA, MS) and previously was Executive Director of the Connecticut PIRG.
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