Nation’s oldest consumer advocacy organization to present annual awards to HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, former NIH Director Dr. Francis Collins, and Ward 3 DC Councilmember Mary Cheh on Thursday, 10/6

October 6, 2022

Media contact: National Consumers League – Melody Merin,, (703) 298-2614 or Katie Brown,, (202) 207-2832

Washington, D.C.— The National Consumers League (NCL), the nation’s pioneering consumer and worker advocacy organization, has announced it will honor U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra and former Director of the National Institutes of Health and Acting Science Advisor to the President Dr. Francis Collins with its highest honor, the Trumpeter Award, on Thursday, October 6 in Washington, DC.

In addition to the Trumpeter Award, NCL will honor Ward 3 DC Councilmember Mary Cheh with the 2022 Florence Kelley Consumer Leadership Award, named for NCL’s first general secretary and one of the most influential figures in 20th Century American history.


What:            National Consumers League’s 2022 Trumpeter Awards

When:           Thursday, October 6, 2022

                        7 pm Presentation of Awards


Where:         Salamander Washington DC (formerly the Mandarin Oriental)

                        1330 Maryland Ave, NW

                        Washington, DC 20024

The National Consumers League, founded in 1899, has been honoring visionaries in consumer and worker protection with its annual Trumpeter Award since 1973. Past honorees include: Senator Ted Kennedy, the award’s inaugural recipient, as well as Labor Secretaries Hilda Solis, Robert Reich, and Alexis Herman, Senators Carl Levin and Paul Wellstone, Delores Huerta of the United Farm Workers, U.S. Representative John Lewis, and other honored consumer and labor leaders.

Last year’s Trumpeter recipients were Director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Rohit Chopra, Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer, and Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel. April Verrett, President of Service Employees International Union Local 2015 in Los Angeles, was recipient of the Florence Kelley Consumer Leadership Award.

This year’s Trumpeter Awards will feature a reception, dinner, and speaking appearances by NCL leadership and the honorees, as well as:

  • Susan Hogan, NBC4 Consumer Investigative Reporter
  • Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser
  • Frederick Isasi, Executive Director of Families USA
  • Nicolette Louissaint, Senior Vice President, Policy and Strategic Planning, Healthcare Distribution Alliance
  • NCL Board Chair Joan Bray, Former Senator, Missouri General Assembly
  • NCL Board member Jenny Backus, Backus Consulting
  • NCL Executive Director Sally Greenberg

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About the National Consumers League (NCL)

The National Consumers League, founded in 1899, is America’s pioneer consumer organization. Our mission is to protect and promote social and economic justice for consumers and workers in the United States and abroad. For more information, visit