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Jennifer Shecter is the Associate Director for External Relations at Consumer Reports. In this capacity, she manages the department’s day-to-day operations. This includes planning events, speaking engagements, and visits to CR’s headquarters, managing outreach and communications with manufacturers, partners, funders, and policymakers, coordinating public service activities, and pursuing strategic initiatives to advance the organization’s mission of serving the consumer interest.
Ms. Shecter is also responsible for compliance with Consumer Reports’ online linking policy and no commercial use policy, which does not permit CR’s name or content in promotional material. Both these policies help safeguard CR’s independence and ensure consumers always get the benefit of the full context of CR’s information.
Ms. Shecter has been with Consumer Reports for more than a decade. She started in Communications where she focused on CR’s products, services and advocacy issues, which included representing CR in the national media. In 2003, she was promoted to the Executive Office and served as the Senior Adviser to the President–writing speeches, op-eds, and briefing materials–and advising on key organizational issues. In 2012, she helped Consumer Reports launch its Food Safety and Sustainability Center, raising seed money from foundations and donors and building partnerships and relationships with key stakeholders in the food community.
Prior to coming to Consumer Reports in 1999, Shecter wrote a weekly investigative newsletter for the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonprofit that tracks the relationship between campaign contributions, lobbyists, and legislation. A graduate of Vassar College with a B.A in sociology, she is a native of Montreal, Canada.