Joan Claybrook was president of Public Citizen from 1982 until she retired in 2009. During that time she played a key role in many successful advocacy campaigns, including enactment of the McCain-Feingold law that placed federal limits on money in political campaigns, preventing enactment of a federal law that would have limited consumer rights to sue multinational companies for sale of defective products, securing congressional enactment of a mandate for airbags in all consumer vehicles which have saved over 60,000 lives in the U.S., and laws to prevent vehicle rollover and to require rear cameras in all vehicles. She was appointed by President Jimmy Carter in 1977-1981 to head the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, where she issued the airbag rule, the first ever federal fuel economy standards, tire safety rules and initiated the New Car Assessment Program requiring motor vehicle manufacturers to label their new cars with safety data to inform consumers before purchase. This consumer information program has been copied across the world. Before serving as NHTSA Administrator she worked with Ralph Nader to create Congress Watch, Public Citizen’s lobby arm. She is a graduate of Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, and Georgetown University Law Center and received honorary degrees from both.