National Consumers League salutes outgoing Consumer Federation of American Executive Director Jack Gillis on his 38 years of service to consumers

November 19, 2021

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Washington, DC—The National Consumers League salutes Jack Gillis on his 38 years of service to the consumer movement; Gillis has announced his retirement as Executive Director of the Consumer Federation of America.

“The National Consumers League’s Board of Directors and staff salute Jack Gillis and thank him for his decades of service and marvelous career dedicated to improving the lives of consumers,” said Jenny Backus, Pastor Herrera, Susanna Montezemolo, and Debbie Berlyn, NCL board members who have known and worked with Jack over the years. “He has made us all proud to be consumer advocates. We will miss his leadership and know the consumer movement is forever changed because of his dedication and commitment.”

Jack Gillis is also a well published author, co-author, and editor of 75 consumer books including The Car Book, published for 40 consecutive years. He served for 10 years as a contributing consumer correspondent for NBC’s Today Show representing CFA, was Good Housekeeping’s personal finance columnist, and was a child product safety columnist at Child Magazine.”

Gillis has been with CFA since 1983, serving as Director of Public Affairs and, since 2018, as Executive Director. “Jack Gillis has been a leader, mentor, and friend to several generations of consumer advocates. Jack’s vision for consumer issues is legendary, and he is known to the Washington establishment – members of Congress, regulators, and public interest advocates alike — as the face of consumer advocacy. Jack spearheaded CFA’s leadership on a wide variety of consumer issues, including auto safety, financial services, housing, privacy, food, and product safety issues,” said Sally Greenberg, NCL’s Executive Director. “Jack always had a ready ear, provided support and sound advice to me and countless others toiling in the grapevines on behalf of consumers. It’s a tough line of work and we will miss his camaraderie and friendship.  We wish him well in this exciting new chapter of life.”


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