Jason K. Levine, Executive Director
In July 2017, Jason was named the third permanent Executive Director in the Center for Auto Safety’s five-decade history. Mr. Levine, is a consumer protection advocate who has held leadership positions in multiple federal agencies and is an active board member in several non-profit organizations.
Since joining the Center, Mr. Levine has appeared as an expert on auto safety issues on Good Morning America, The Today Show, CNN, CNBC, as well as local television and radio news programs across the country. He is frequently quoted in publications such as the NY Times, USA Today, The Detroit News, and the LA Times. Recently, he has published opinion pieces in the Washington Post and The Hill newspapers on the issue of under-regulation of self-driving cars. Earlier this year, the Center led a successful campaign to have all 2017 Chrysler Pacifica Minivans recalled for stalling. Under his leadership the Center is fighting in court for consumers against secret settlements by the auto industry and for safety by litigating to force the Department of Transportation to issue required rulemakings. The Center also continues its long tradition of working towards higher recall completion rates and on behalf of increased fuel economy in new vehicles.
Prior to joining the Center for Auto Safety, Jason served as the Director of the Office of Congressional, Legislative, and Intergovernmental Affairs at the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM). Mr. Levine was brought in to help to lead the Obama Administration’s response to Congress after the highly publicized cyber breaches of federal employee data in 2015. Previously, he served in a variety of management and policy roles at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), including Chief of Staff, Director of the Office of Legislative and Intergovernmental Affairs, and Chief Counsel to Vice Chairman Robert Adler.
During his time at CPSC, Mr. Levine was a key figure in: creating the CPSC’s public database of harmful consumer product hazards; rewriting the civil penalty guidelines; reviving work on a mandatory standard to address 40,000 annual injuries associated with table-saws; and pushing for more federal government attention to be focused on injuries to seniors, including the adoption of a standard for adult bed rails. He also helped lead the fight to reduce ATV-related children’s deaths, urged the passage of a mandatory regulation to prevent deaths and injuries from carbon monoxide exposure hazards, and advocated for greater resource appropriation for consumer products import surveillance at U.S. ports.
As an outgrowth of his work at the CPSC focusing on preventing injuries to seniors, Jason had the opportunity to work in an advisory capacity to the Assistant Secretary for Aging at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In this capacity he helped develop a series of recommendations designed to encourage a more coordinated effort to promote injury prevention for older adults both within and outside HHS. Mr. Levine began his work in government as Chief Counsel to Commissioner Ellen Weintraub at the Federal Election Commission (FEC). Before joining public service, he worked as an attorney in private practice in Washington, DC.
Jason has long been involved in his community, both close to home and nationally. Currently, Jason serves as a board member of the DC based, nationally focused, Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety and the Canadian Automobile Protection Association. On the local level, he served seven years on the Board of Directors for the Washington, DC Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation, fulfilled a term each as Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Montgomery County, Maryland Advisory Committee on Consumer Protection; and as a Commissioner of the Montgomery County, Maryland Commission on Health.
Mr. Levine is a graduate of the University of Connecticut School of Law, with honors, and received a Bachelor of Science degree from Northwestern University, where his heart remains on football Saturdays every fall. He, and his wife Carin, live with their two school aged children in Bethesda, Maryland.
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Michael Brooks, Chief Counsel
Michael Brooks is Chief Counsel for the Center for Auto Safety and previously served as the Center’s Staff Attorney and Acting Director. He joined the Center in 2000, supporting the Center’s regulatory, legislative and legal programs under the wing of the Center’s longtime director Clarence Ditlow. Michael’s work is primarily focused on vehicle safety and advocacy activities, including litigation, federal crash data and safety research, rulemakings, press, and Freedom of Information efforts.
Michael is a graduate of the George Washington University Law School, and received a Bachelor of Arts from Millsaps College in his home state of Mississippi. When he’s not at his desk, you can find him cooking, fishing, or cheering for his daughter’s lacrosse team.
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Fred Perkins, Chief Engineer
The Center for Auto Safety is delighted to announce Fred Perkins—an expert with more than 30 years of engineering experience—as Chief Engineer. In this role, Fred will be providing the team with key technical insights into the world of automotive safety, particularly in the realm of autonomous vehicles as this technology continues to expand and develop.
Immediately prior to joining the Center, Mr. Perkins was employed for 13 years at the Missile Defense Agency (MDA), at the U.S. Department of Defense, where he served as a Quality, Safety, and Mission Assurance Lead for a major missile program. In this role, Fred performed crucial evaluations of our nation’s defense system and led a task force that defined and implemented quality surveillance requirements, practices, and required resources. Before working at the MDA, Fred’s career stops included: LASER interferometric measurement technology Sales Representative at Steinbichler GmbH; Finite Element Analysis Account Manager at Mallett Technology; Entrepreneur at Standard Space Platforms Corporation; Government Relations Specialist at United Technologies; and Engineering Specialist at Kaman Aerospace.
Over the course of his career, Fred has been the recipient of many notable honors. In 2018, he was awarded by the Missile Defense Agency for managing the definition and implementation of an international supplier surveillance system. In 2016, he received the Program Executive Award for outstanding support for the Internal Controls Program. Mr. Perkins was chosen as a speaker at the June 2010 Navy Technology Showcase, and in 1993 he was invited to speak at two NASA conferences. In 1992, Mr. Perkins was appointed to the Vice President’s Space Policy Advisory Board by President George H. W. Bush In addition, Mr. Perkins is a certified expert in manufacturing, production, and quality assurance who has received U.S. patents for spacecraft technology.
Mr. Perkins graduated with from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 1976 with a B.S. in Physics. In 1978, he completed his M.S. in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. In his spare time, he can be found developing applications for embedded digital controllers, spoiling his grandchildren, and enjoying nature.
Grace Garver, Communications Specialist
In September 2017, Ms. Garver joined the Center for Auto Safety as a Communications Assistant. In this role, she runs the Center’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, maintains webpages, coordinates email news-blasts, and assists in managing the Center’s communications strategy. Grace is thrilled to be working for a non-profit with such a long, successful history of impacting policy and advocating for consumer safety.
Prior to joining the Center, Grace was an intern at the Nashville Public Library and the Land Trust for Tennessee. In these roles, she planned an implemented a comprehensive marketing strategy for the Library’s summer programming and assisted in the Land Trust’s day-to-day communications and edited the Land Trust’s bi-annual newsletter.
Ms. Garver graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in English and Public Policy. While in school, she hosted a campus radio show and studied abroad at the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. Originally from Charlotte, North Carolina, Grace’s school pride remains in Nashville with the Commodores.
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