Urvashi Rangan, Ph.D. leads and directs the Consumer Safety and Sustainability Group for Consumer Reports. She is responsible for managing risk analysis, policy assessments, label evaluations and consumer advice for tests, reports, and related advocacy work. Urvashi joined Consumers Union in 1999 and developed the ratings system, database, and Web site, Eco-labels.org for evaluating environmental and food labels. In 2005, she managed the launch of GreenerChoices,org, which covers green aspects over a wide range of products and services.
Dr. Rangan serves as a primary, national spokesperson for Consumer Reports in the areas of sustainable production/consumption practices, food safety, and product safety issues related to chemical and contaminant hazards.
She continues to decode the meaning of eco-labels for consumers and advocates for credible labeling in the marketplace, including influencing government policy decisions at the state and federal level. In 2011, she helped lead a decisive victory in a widely publicized debate on the benefits of organic production. She was also part of the teams that worked on the Sigma Delta Chi award winning food and supplement magazine reports, highlighting public health concerns.
Dr. Rangan received her Ph.D. in Environmental Health Sciences from Johns Hopkins University in 1995 and conducted her post-doctoral work at the Environmental and Occupational Health Science Institute. She was a National Institutes of Health fellow from 1990-97.