Executive Director, Center for Auto Safety
In July 2017, Jason was named the third permanent Executive Director in the Center for Auto Safety’s five-decade history. Mr. Levine, is a consumer protection advocate who has held leadership positions in multiple federal agencies and is an active board member in several non-profit organizations.
Since joining the Center, Mr. Levine has appeared as an expert on auto safety issues on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, as well as local television and radio news programs across the country. He is frequently quoted in publications such as the NY Times, USA Today, The Detroit News, and the LA Times. Recently, he has published opinion pieces in the Washington Post and The Hill newspapers on the issue of under-regulation of self-driving cars. Earlier this year, the Center led a successful campaign to have all 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Minivans recalled for stalling. Under his leadership the Center is fighting in court for consumers against secret settlements by the auto industry and for safety by litigating to force the Department of Transportation to issue required rulemakings. The Center also continues its long tradition of working towards higher recall completion rates and on behalf of increased fuel economy in new vehicles.
Prior to joining the Center for Auto Safety, Jason served as the Director of the Office of Congressional, Legislative, and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Mr. Levine was brought in to help to lead the Obama Administration’s response to Congress after the highly publicized cyber breaches of federal employee data in 2015.
Previously, he served in a variety of management and policy roles at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), including Chief of Staff, Director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Chief Counsel to Vice Chairman Robert Adler. During his time at CPSC, Mr. Levine was a key figure in: creating the CPSC’s public database of harmful consumer product hazards; rewriting the civil penalty guidelines; reviving work on a mandatory standard to address 40,000 annual injuries associated with table-saws; and pushing for more federal government attention to be focused on injuries to seniors, including the adoption of a standard for adult bed rails. He also helped lead the fight to reduce ATV-related children’s deaths, urged the passage of a mandatory regulation to prevent deaths and injuries from carbon monoxide exposure hazards, and advocated for greater resource appropriation for consumer products import surveillance at U.S. ports.
As an outgrowth of his work at the CPSC focusing on preventing injuries to seniors, Jason had the opportunity to work in an advisory capacity to the Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). Mr. Levine began his work in government as Chief Counsel to Commissioner Ellen Weintraub at the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Before joining public service, he worked as an attorney in private practice in Washington, DC.
Jason has long been involved in his community, both close to home and nationally. Currently, Jason serves as a board member of the DC based, nationally focused, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and the Canadian Automobile Protection Association. On the local level, he served seven years on the Board of Directors for the Washington, DC Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, fulfilled a term each as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Montgomery County, Maryland Advisory Committee on Consumer Protection; and as a Commissioner of the Montgomery County, Maryland Commission on Health.
Mr. Levine is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law, with honors, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University.