David Arkush

Managing Director, Public Citizen's Climate Program

David Arkush is the managing director of Public Citizen’s Climate Program. He has broad experience advocating for consumers before all three branches of government, having lobbied extensively before the U.S. Congress and federal regulatory agencies and litigated complex cases in the federal courts.

David spent five years directing Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, where he led strategic research and organizing campaigns and played an instrumental role in the passage of laws including the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008 and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010. A TIME Magazine profile of David notes that he has “advocated for consumer protection, advised breaking up the largest, too-big-to-fail banks and addressed other industry-structure issues, while investigating the financial sector’s myriad ties to the government.” David has also taught Administrative Law and Legislation at the University of Richmond School of Law.

Frequently consulted for his wide-ranging expertise on climate change, energy policy, consumer protection, administrative law, financial services regulation, access to justice, and money in politics, David has testified before Congress, appeared on CNN, CBS, ABC, CNBC, NPR, and Fox News Channel, and been quoted by publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, the Associated Press, The Los Angeles Times, The Huffington Post, The Chicago Tribune, TIME, Bloomberg, POLITICO, Roll Call, and The Hill.

David received his J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, where he served as Managing Editor of the Harvard Civil Rights—Civil Liberties Law Review, and his A.B. with honors from Washington University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

Copyright © 2016 Public Citizen. Some rights reserved. Non-commercial use of text and images in which Public Citizen holds the copyright is permitted, with attribution, under the terms and conditions of a Creative Commons License. This Web site is shared by Public Citizen Inc. and Public Citizen Foundation. Learn More about the distinction between these two components of Public Citizen.

Public Citizen, Inc. and Public Citizen Foundation


You can support the fight for greater government and corporate accountability through a donation to either Public Citizen, Inc., or Public Citizen Foundation, Inc.

Public Citizen lobbies Congress and federal agencies to advance Public Citizen’s mission of advancing government and corporate accountability. When you make a contribution to Public Citizen, you become a member of Public Citizen, showing your support and entitling you to benefits such as Public Citizen News. Contributions to Public Citizen are not tax-deductible.

Public Citizen Foundation focuses on research, public education, and litigation in support of our mission. By law, the Foundation can engage in only very limited lobbying. Contributions to Public Citizen Foundation are tax-deductible.