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Dave is OSPIRG’s Executive Director. He works with the organization’s team of advocates and organizers to run effective campaigns that make measurable improvements in the health, home and livelihoods of Oregonians. Under Dave’s leadership, OSPIRG has helped rein in millions of dollars in excessive health insurance premiums for tens of thousands of small business and families, give taxpayers new controls over nearly $600 million in corporate tax breaks, and launched new efforts to give consumers more power to control their health care costs. Dave is also focused on expanding OSPIRG’s public education and activist training programs, and in ensuring the organization has the resources and public support needed to sustain our work now and over the long haul. He sits on several boards and task forces, including the Oregon Rail Funding Task Force and the Oregon Transparency Advisory Commission.
Prior to joining OSPIRG, Dave worked as the Student PIRGs’ National Program Director, working with the students and staff of the student PIRG chapters around the country to develop and execute effective, cutting-edge, student-led social change campaigns around a variety of public interest issues. Among others, Dave led the PIRG New Voters Project, which has helped over 700,000 young voters register to vote since 2004; directed Powershift 2007, then the largest national student global warming conference in the U.S.; and launched a five -year campaign to reform college textbook market that have been the basis of dozens of state and federal legislative efforts to tackle the problem, as well as over 500 news stories including: the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, US News and World Report and the Los Angeles Times.
Mr. Rosenfeld began his career with the PIRGs in 1991 as a leader with the New Jersey Public Interest Research Group. Dave is a proud native of New Jersey and equally proud product of public schools, including Rutgers University, where he graduated in 1995. He currently lives in Southeast Portland with his wife and daughter. In between work and family, Dave tries to weave in long runs, guitar playing, and growing a vegetable garden.
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