Center for Progressive Reform Announces New Executive Director Matthew Shudtz

by Erin Kesler

November 25, 2014

The Board of Directors of the Center for Progressive Reform today announced the selection of Matthew Shudtz as Executive Director of the 12-year-old organization. Shudtz, who succeeds Jake Caldwell, has been Acting Executive Director of CPR since July of this year.

Shudtz joined CPR’s staff in 2006 as a Policy Analyst, and was subsequently promoted to Senior Policy Analyst. His work has focused on OSHA and related workplace health and safety regulations and toxic chemical control and reform. He has authored or co-authored more than 20 CPR reports and publications including, “At the Company’s Mercy: Protecting Contingent Workers from Unsafe Working Conditions,” “Winning Safer Workplaces: A Manual for State and Local Policy Reform,” and  “Reforming TSCA: Progressive Principles for Toxic Risk Regulation.” He holds a J.D. from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and a B.S. in Earth and Environmental Engineering from Columbia University. 

“Matt Shudtz knows our organization inside and out, has deep policy and organization experience, and is full of energy and imagination for the future,” said CPR President Rena Steinzor. “We are thrilled to have him as our Executive Director.  His expertise in administrative and regulatory law and policy has been instrumental to our success as an organization and we look forward to having him lead our staff and guide our organization.”

“I am excited to continue my work at CPR in a new capacity,” said Shudtz. “The work CPR Member Scholars and staff contribute to protect public health, safety and the environment is crucial to the policy process, now perhaps more than ever. Their academic and policy expertise is vital to ongoing debates about regulatory safeguards, and we will continue to aggressively watchdog agencies tasked with protecting the public.”

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Erin Kesler was a Communications Specialist for the Center for Progressive Reform.

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