Gene Kimmelman

Director of the Internet Freedom and Human Rights Project

Eugene (Gene) Kimmelman directs the New America Foundation's Internet Freedom and Human Rights Project. He is also a senior associate at Global Partners. 

Mr. Kimmelman previously served as the chief counsel for competition policy and intergovernmental relations for the Department of Justice. Mr. Kimmelman has extensive knowledge of public policy issues, with expertise in consumer protection, telecommunications, product liability and antitrust law.

Before joining the Department of Justice, Mr. Kimmelman served as vice president for federal and international affairs at Consumers Union (CU), publisher of Consumer Reports and an expert, independent, nonprofit organization which works for a fair and safe marketplace for all consumers.

At CU, Mr. Kimmelman was responsible for the management and oversight of all of CU’s national and international public policy and advocacy activities, which covered a broad array of consumer issues, including product safety, health care, financial services, food safety and media policy. Mr. Kimmelman took a six-month leave of absence in 2008 to serve as acting director general of Consumers International, a London-based federation of more than 200 consumer organizations from over 100 countries.

Before joining CU, Mr. Kimmelman served for two years as chief counsel and staff director for the Antitrust Subcommittee of the Senate Judiciary Committee. Prior to that, he was legislative director for the Consumer Federation of America, where he directed CFA's legislative, regulatory and judicial intervention program, and served as the lead consumer litigator in the U.S v. AT&T case. Mr. Kimmelman is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Brown University. He studied in Denmark as a Fulbright Fellow at Copenhagen University's graduate program on the public sector. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia and was the recipient of the university's Fortsman Fellowship in 1980.

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