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David Friedman is the Director of Cars and Product Policy and Analysis for Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports. Based in Washington, D.C., David serves as a thought-leader across Consumer reports and leads Consumers Union’s public policy and analytical efforts to ensure automobiles and other products are safe for consumers, improve consumer options for energy efficiency and cleaner energy, and guide other important initiatives.
David is a respected leader and innovator whose work has helped improve the lives of consumers. He served as both Deputy and Acting Administrator of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), where he led the agency’s mission to save lives, prevent injuries and reduce economic costs due to road traffic crashes. He most recently served at the U.S. Department of Energy as Deputy and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE), where he led the organization’s efforts to accelerate the ongoing transition to clean energy.
Prior to his senior leadership positions at NHTSA and the Department of Energy, David worked for 12 years at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) in several different capacities, including senior engineer, research director, and deputy director of their clean vehicles program. Before joining UCS, he worked for the University of California, Davis in the Fuel Cell Vehicle Modeling Program. A Rhode Island native, he earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and is a Ph.D. candidate at the University of California, Davis.