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Elisa Odabashian is the Director of the West Coast Office and State Campaigns for Consumers Union, the advocacy arm of Consumer Reports. She is a widely-quoted expert on food and product safety, financial services, corporate accountability, dietary supplements, milk prices, and genetically modified organisms. Ms. Odabashian oversees Consumers Union’s Food and Product Safety Program, Financial Services Program, Grassroots Organizing, and West Coast Office operations. On behalf of Consumers Union, Ms. Odabashian has served on governmental and foundation advisory bodies over the years, including the California Department of Food and Agriculture’s Dairy Advisory Committee, the California Energy Commission’s Alternative and Renewable Fuel and Vehicle Technology Advisory Committee, and the Advisory Board of the California Consumer Protection Foundation.
In 2006, Ms. Odabashian conceived of and helped to design, develop, and implement a computer tool called LobbyLog™, which tracks Consumers Union’s federal and multi-state lobbying activities. She created Consumers Union’s advocacy web site which launched in 1998.
Ms. Odabashian joined Consumers Union in 1993 and became Director of the West Coast Office and State Campaigns in 2006. Prior to becoming director, Ms. Odabashian was Senior Program & Financial Manager of the West Coast Office. Before joining Consumers Union, Ms. Odabashian was Telecommunications Director for the United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) Project for the socially progressive internet service provider, Institute for Global Communications. The UN conference took place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1992. During most of the 1980s, Ms. Odabashian owned and operated a franchise business. For a number of years prior to starting her business, Ms. Odabashian worked for Pomona College in Claremont, California as an Admissions Officer and as Assistant Director of Career Planning.
Ms. Odabashian received an undergraduate degree in English from Scripps College, a Master degree in English from Claremont Graduate University, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of San Francisco.