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Guest Speaker Biographies - Stephen Brobeck

Last Updated: February 21, 2008

Stephen Brobeck has served as Executive Director of the Consumer Federation of America since 1980.  From 1976 to 1979 he was a board member and vice president.  As a federation of 300 groups with more than 50 million members, CFA is the nation's largest consumer advocacy organization.

As CFA executive director, Brobeck frequently testifies before Congressional committees and is interviewed by national news media.  He also has co-authored commercially published consumer guides to banking and product safety.

During the 1970s, Brobeck held the position of assistant professor of American Studies at Case Western Reserve University.  Since then, he has served as a visiting associate professor of consumer economics at Cornell University and as an adjunct associate professor of consumer economics at the University of Maryland.  He also has published research on social change, including the first annotated bibliography of the consumer movement and an encyclopedia of the consumer movement, which he edited.

Brobeck, who was born in 1944, graduated from Wheaton College (IL) with high honors and earned a Ph.D. in American Studies from the University of Pennsylvania.  He is listed in “Who's Who in America” and serves on boards of several nonprofit organizations.  From 1990 to 1996, he served as a director of the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond.