David Friedman

Vice President, Advocacy
Expertise: Cars, Energy, Product Safety, Sustainability

An experienced leader, engineer, and longtime consumer advocate, David Friedman serves as Consumer Reports’ Vice President of Advocacy. He leads the organization’s efforts to secure consumer safeguards, to improve corporate practices, and to realize a fairer, safer, and more transparent marketplace.

David is a respected and trusted 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, where he led the agency’s mission to save lives, prevent injuries, and reduce the economic costs of automobile crashes. He also served at the Department of Energy as Deputy and Acting Assistant Secretary for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, where he led the organization’s efforts to accelerate the ongoing transition to clean energy.

David earned his B.S. in mechanical engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts and is a Ph.D. candidate in transportation technology and policy at the University of California, Davis.