PIRGIM Staff

Steve Blackledge
Deputy Director
(916) 448-4516 ext. 108

Steve Blackledge provides policy and strategic guidance for state PIRGs, primarily focusing on the issues of health care and consumer protection. Prior to his current position, he spent five years as the legislative and policy director for CALPIRG, where his work led to new state-level policy reforms on issues ranging from health care and prescription drug costs, to Enron-style accounting scams, to protecting consumers from privacy invasions and identity theft.
 
Mr. Blackledge was the first director of New Hampshire PIRG and also worked for PIRG in Michigan and Illinois PIRG. He has appeared on CSPAN and CNN, and has been quoted in The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Chicago Tribune, as well as numerous other newspapers and media outlets in California, New Hampshire, Michigan and Illinois. Mr. Blackledge began his career with the state PIRGs in 1991.
 
Education: B.A., Wartburg College, 1991.

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