Rachel Weintraub pictured 3rd from right.

Last week, Rachel Weintraub received Consumer Federation of America’s Consumer Champion Award. Rachel has been an ally and staunch supporter of KID for years and she received KID’s Best Friend Award in 2004 for her stellar advocacy work for children’s product safety.

Prior to her work at CFA, Rachel was a consumer advocate with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) representing consumers on products safety and health care issues. She joined CFA in 2002 focusing on advocacy on product safety issues. She represented consumer interests before the CPSC, Congress, state legislatures, and voluntary standard setting organizations like ASTM. Rachel is also a past president of the International Consumer Product Health and Safety Organization (ICPHSO).

Over the years, Rachel worked closely with KID on several issues including passing standards and rules for safe sleep, safer window coverings, furniture tip-over prevention, and the landmark Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008. She was a vital and key member of a coalition of consumer groups working on product safety and has worked tirelessly to keep consumers safe.

KID Executive Director Nancy Cowles said about Rachel, “It does not go too far to say that children are alive today and we are all safer because of Rachel’s work in strengthening the product safety system in the U.S. Thank you – you truly are our Champion.”

Congratulations to Rachel winning this deserved award and thank you for spending more than two decades being a leading advocate for consumers. KID wishes Rachel all the best as she leaves CFA to direct the Coalition for Sensible Safeguards.