National Consumers League

Leadership

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National Consumers League Board of Directors

The National Consumers League, a private, nonprofit membership organization, is governed by a board of directors with experience in consumer protection and advocacy, law, business, labor, and public affairs. Headquartered in Washington, DC, NCL has affiliated members from every state and collaborates with an extensive nationwide consumer action network. Organizational affiliations are provided for identification purposes only. Board members serve on an individual basis.


OFFICERS 

Chair
Levi Allen
United Mine Workers of America

Vice Chair
Cleo Manuel Stamatos
Consumer Mom, LLC

Vice Chair
Greg Jefferson, Sr.
AFL-CIO

Secretary
Norma Flores López
East Coast Migrant Head Start Project

Treasurer
Joan Bray
Consumers Council of Missouri

Counsel
Jack Blum  

DIRECTORS

Debra Berlyn, Consumer Policy Solutions
William L. Brauch, Bill Brauch Law Firm LLC
Richard Fiesta, Alliance for Retired Americans
Debbie Goldman, Communications Workers of America
Pastor Herrera, Jr., California State University-Northridge
Jane King, Chairperson emerita
Thaddeus King, The Pew Charitable Trusts
Rod Markham, Hemsley Fraser
Bridget Martin, Bank of Labor
Susanna Montezemolo, AARP
Robyn Robbins, United Food & Commercial Workers International Union
Bob Russo, Consumers League of New Jersey
Aaron Shier, National Farmers Union
Service Employees International Union
United Auto Workers

 

NCL Staff

Sally GreenbergSally Greenberg
Executive Director, National Consumers League

Sally Greenberg joined the National Consumers League as Executive Director on October 1, 2007. The League’s focus is on five key priority areas: fraud, child labor, LifeSmarts, health care, especially the safe use of medications and medication adherence, and food safety and nutrition. Sally has testified numerous times before Congress on consumer protection issues, including on product safety, fraud, excessive fees on car rentals, consumer rip-offs in calling cards and in support of protections for farmworker children. Sally is our primary spokesperson on a variety of issues.

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Sally came to NCL from Consumers Union, where she worked from 1997-2007 on product liability and food safety issues, along with auto and product safety. Previously, Sally worked at the U.S. Department of Justice Foreign Claims Settlement Commission and prior to that, she spent a decade serving as the Eastern States Civil Rights Counsel for the Anti-Defamation League, based in Boston.

Sally was president of the Women’s Bar Association of Massachusetts and the Women’s Bar Foundation, and served on several gubernatorial commissions in Massachusetts. Sally served for many years on the board of directors of the Alliance for Justice, and HALT, an organization whose mission is the protection of the rights of consumers in their interactions with lawyers and the legal system. Sally is a member of the Reagan-Udall Foundation Board, a nonprofit established by Congress to support the mission of the FDA and help equip the agency with the highest caliber regulatory science and technology. She also serves on the board of the Keystone Center, which helps leaders in health, energy, environment and education battle contentious issues with a consensus-based approach. Sally also served for over a decade on the board of directors of Trillium Asset Management, the oldest and largest investment management firm dedicated to socially responsible investing.
 

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Senior Director, Health Policy

Karin Bolte was delighted to rejoin the National Consumers League in November 2015 as the Director of Health Policy, having worked at the League in the mid-1990’s. Karin represents NCL and oversees its health policy work on issues such as safe use of medication; patient safety; health care professional-patient communication; access to quality, affordable health care; and health care reform. She also manages Script Your Future, a broad-based public awareness campaign to improve medication adherence.   

Prior to joining NCL, Karin served as the Senior Associate at Mager & Associates and its predecessor firms for over 18 years, where she represented pharmaceutical, medical device, and life sciences companies, nonprofits, and patient organizations on a variety of legislative, regulatory, and advocacy initiatives. She started her career as a Regulatory Counsel at the Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Health Affairs. 

Karin received her JD degree from the George Washington University Law School, and her BA degree cum laude from Duke University.    

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Vice President of Public Policy, Telecommunications and Fraud


John Breyault joined the National Consumers League in September 2008. John’s focus at NCL is on advocating for stronger consumer protections before Congress and federal agencies on issues related to telecommunications, fraud, technology, and other consumer concerns. In addition, John manages NCL’s Fraud Center and coordinates the Alliance Against Fraud coalition. John is also Research Director for the Telecommunications Research and Action Center (TRAC), a project of NCL. In his role with TRAC, John advocates on behalf of residential consumers of wireline, wireless, VoIP, and other IP-enabled communications services.

Prior to coming to NCL, John spent five years as director of research at Amplify Public Affairs, where he helped launch the firm’s Web 2.0-based public affairs practice and focused on producing actionable public policy research. Earlier in his career, John worked at Sprint in its International Carrier Services Division and at the American Center for Polish Culture in Washington, DC.

John was a member of the FCC’s Consumer Advisory Committee from 2005 to 2007 and served on the Board of the Arlington-Alexandria Coalition for the Homeless. He is a graduate of George Mason University, where he received a bachelor’s degree in International Relations.

 

Sean Davis, Jr.
Data Security and Technology Fellow

As NCL's Data Security and Technology fellow, Sean advocates for stronger privacy rules and fair competition in telecommunications. Sean is an energetic and creative advocate with a strong dedication to protecting consumers' rights and greater access to technology. A recent grad from George Washington Law School, Sean hopes to use his skills to help prepare future generations to embrace the digital revolution and continue advocating on behalf of consumers.

 

Molly Harman
Executive Assistant

Molly Harman joined the National Consumers League in March 2018.  Previously, she was a Regional Coordinator in Manizales, Colombia with Heart for Change a nonprofit promoting English as a foreign language and intercultural exchange in public high schools.  After more than four years of nonprofit work in Colombia teaching English as a foreign language and coordinating fellows, Molly looks forward to continuing her nonprofit experience back in the U.S.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Elon University.

 

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LifeSmarts Program Director

Since July 2000, Lisa Hertzberg has directed the national LifeSmarts program, NCL’s fast, fun consumer education competition for teens and tweens. Lisa’s primary responsibilities include operating the national LifeSmarts program, strategizing growth, implementing new partnerships and program components, assisting state coordinators, developing educational materials, managing the online competition, and conducting the online and national competitions. Under Lisa’s direction, the program, formerly only available to high school students, has expanded into middle school classrooms across the country, serving a wider audience of student participants and coaches.

Before joining the National Consumers League, Lisa worked for 13 years for the Minnesota Attorney General’s Office, where she created and conducted consumer education programs and outreach efforts. In 1995 she launched the Minnesota state LifeSmarts program. Within several years the Minnesota program was the largest in the country involving students at more than 120 schools in 1999-2000.

Lisa is a graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, where she studied communications and political science.

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Managing Director

Arlene Johnson joined the National Consumers League in January 2018.  She is responsible for the financial management and daily operational efficiency at NCL. She works closely with the executive director in overseeing the resources and needs of the organization. 

Arlene has developed a passion for working for non-profit organizations that are committed to making a difference in society. She is committed to educating individuals in matters that promote the greater good.

Before joining NCL, Arlene spent 10 years as director of finance and administration at Brookings Executive Education, where she supported the education of executives in leadership and policy issues. Arlene’s prior experience includes financial management at George Washington University, MCI Telecommunications, and PepsiCo Inc. She has also served as the Chief Operating Officer of an interior design firm.

Arlene is a graduate of Howard University, where she earned a B.B.A degree with a concentration in Finance.

 

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Director of Child Labor Issues and Coordinator of Child Labor Coalition


Reid Maki joined the National Consumers League in March 2008. In his work at NCL, Reid coordinates the activities of the Child Labor Coalition, striving to minimize abusive child labor and to protect the health, safety, and well-being of child workers in the United States and abroad. Reid is a proponent of corporate social responsibility, including fair labor standards for American workers.

Prior to joining NCL, Reid worked for 12 years at the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) where he directed the Children in the Fields campaign, a joint effort launched by AFOP, NCL, and the International Initiative to End Child Labor. Their goal was to end the legal loopholes in child labor law that permit child agricultural wage laborers to work longer hours and to work at younger ages than children working in other industries. Reid was an active member of the Child Labor Coalition between 1994 and 2006.

Reid worked for both daily and weekly newspapers as a reporter earlier in his career. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in American History at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst and Stanford University, respectively.

 

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Vice President of Communications


Carol McKay joined the staff of the National Consumers League as Assistant Director of Communications in September 2000. At NCL, Carol works closely with policy staff, the executive director, and the development team to oversee all aspects of marketing and communications for the organization. Carol manages print and online publications, media relations, and consumer public education campaigns on a variety of issues, ranging from health to fraud to child labor. Carol coordinates public relations for NCL’s programs including LifeSmarts, NCL’s work in fraud prevention and education, and child labor. Her department also serves the internal communications needs of the organization. In addition to her communications role at NCL, Carol works closely with development and senior staff on fundraising strategy and proposal writing.

Carol was promoted to director of communications and later Vice President of communications in 2003 and 2004. Prior to her work at NCL, she worked as a reporter in newsrooms in California and Montana. Carol earned bachelor’s degrees in History and Political Science and a minor in English literature at the University of California, Los Angeles.


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Consumer Services Coordinator
NCL’s Fraud Center

James Perry is a veteran staffer at NCL’s Fraud Center. Since January 2000, he’s been counseling consumers on a variety of scams ranging from telemarketing- to Internet-based issues. James began at the National Fraud Information Center/Internet Fraud Watch programs (now NCL’s Fraud Center) as a fraud counselor, speaking with thousands of consumers each year about cases of suspected and confirmed fraud. James was later promoted to supervise the staff of NCL’s Fraud Center, and he regularly speaks about his experiences counseling fraud victims to the media and nonprofit and law enforcement agencies.

As Consumer Services Coordinator, James monitors complaints submitted to NCL via the complaint form at www.fraud.org and serves as a representative on the Consumer Federation of America’s Fake Checks Working Group. At NCL, James works with law enforcement agencies to transmit consumer fraud complaints to more than 200 agencies in the United States and Canada.

 

NoneNissa Shaffi
Health Policy and Programs Associate

Nissa Shaffi joined the National Consumers League in October 2018. Her background is in direct patient services, having worked in a variety of healthcare delivery environments. Particularly, Nissa’s experience of working in an emergency department meaningfully firmed her commitment to addressing health disparities. Prior to joining NCL, Nissa interned at the Library of Congress, where she researched and drafted reports on parity in mental health coverage and racial disparities in maternal health outcomes. Nissa holds a bachelor's of science in Health Administration and Policy and an M.S. Degree in Health Policy, both from George Mason University. She looks forward to continuing her work in improving consumer and patient rights from a health policy and advocacy lens at NCL.

 

Karen Silberstein
Development Manager

Karen Silberstein joined the staff of NCL in July 2018. She has a background in fundraising and development, as well as program implementation in Workforce Development/Career and Technical Education. As Development Manager, Karen is delighted to be working with the development team to support NCL’s mission. She brings strategic relationship building skills with extensive experience managing projects, and designing and developing collateral materials. Her most recent position involved outreach and events for University of the District of Columbia Community College, Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning.

Previously she worked in program development, researching funding opportunities and best practices in program implementation for Home Builders Institute, a training provider focused on the building trades. She holds B.A. in English from Oberlin College and a Ph.D. in French Literature and Culture from Columbia University. Recently, Karen has pursued graduate coursework in Public Administration at the University of the District of Columbia.

 

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Office Manager

Theresa Smith joined the staff at the National Consumers League in 1992, working at NCL’s National Fraud Information Center as a consumer counselor. At the Fraud Center, Theresa counseled fraud victims, their family members, and educators, on a multitude of emerging telemarketing scams including sweepstakes and lottery fraud, phone cramming and slamming, and newly emerging Internet scams. Theresa was promoted to supervise Fraud Center staff, while continuing to help consumers avoid and recover from telemarketing and Internet scams.

Theresa later took the position of NCL Office Manager, where she is tasked with a wide range of responsibilities and oversees the day-to-day operations of NCL’s Washington, DC office. In Theresa’s current role at NCL, she assists with supporting staff, the NCL board of directors, and event planning and coordinating.


Theresa graduated from Western Senior High School in Washington, DC and earned an Associates Degree in Business Administration from Washington Technical Institute. She attended Federal City College (now the University of the District of Columbia), where she studied Psychology and Sociology.

 

chantals.jpgChantal Spruill
LifeSmarts Program Coordinator

Chantal Spruill joined the National Consumers League in August 2016 as a Program Coordinator for LifeSmarts. She works closely alongside the LifeSmarts staff, assisting with developing the program’s various areas of focus.

Chantal is enthusiastic about educating learners of diverse backgrounds. She has experience in career development and disability support services at a community college. Prior to joining NCL, Chantal worked in adult education, teaching English-language learners and assisting students in preparation for GED courses. She received a B.S. in English with a minor in creative writing from Towson University in 2012. And in 2016, Chantal graduated from Concordia University, Portland, where she earned her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in English to Speakers of Other Languages.

 

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Communications Associate

Taun Sterling joined the staff of the National Consumers League as Communications Associate in June 2018. He works alongside the Vice President of Communications, creating social media posts and editing and authoring an array of written content and media relations. Taun also takes on the role of lead designer for all in-house projects.

Prior to joining NCL, Taun worked on communications at the American Heart Association of Oregon and as a digital news writer for Mercy Corps NW. He earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Advertising from Savannah College of Art and Design.

 

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LifeSmarts Program Outreach Coordinator

Cheryl’s main responsibilities are planning and conducting LifeSmarts outreach across the country, presenting LifeSmarts at national conference/meetings, planning workshops and training webinars, marketing LifeSmarts on the state/national level and preparing competition collateral. She also manages the LifeSmarts Alumni Association. 

Before joining the National Consumers League, Cheryl worked for 34 years as a 4-H County Extension Agent and Georgia 4-H Specialist where she led Georgia 4-H family and consumer science programs statewide. Her main focus was youth-centered consumer education programs. as well as starting the successful Georgia LifeSmarts program which grew rapidly in the past seven years.

Cheryl earned her Master's of Education degree from the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. Her course focus was Family & Consumer Science Education. She is a lifelong 4-H’er and continues her involvement as a 4-H volunteer leader.


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Public Policy Manager
Brian Young joined the National Consumers League in May 2016 as the Public Policy Associate. He works closely alongside the Vice President of Public Policy, Telecommunications, and Fraud to conduct public policy research and lobby Congress on a number of consumer issues including fraud, ticketing, cybersecurity, and consumer finance. Brian also helps to compile the #DataInsecurity Digest, a bi-weekly collection of the most pressing data breach and cybersecurity news.

Prior to joining NCL, Brian worked in Congressman Ron Kind’s (D-WI) office as a Legislative Fellow. He earned a Master of Arts in American Government from Georgetown University and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.