Claybrook will leave helm of Public Citizen

| 12/15/2008

Joan Claybrook will resign after 27 years leading the national public interest organization, Public Citizen. She will, however, remain on the board of directors.

She announced her departure this past week.

“As the winds of change sweep the nation and Washington, DC, with promises for new policies to help the public, it is a good time for me to move on to other adventures,” Claybrook said.

During the years of the Carter administration, Claybrook headed up the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

During Claybrook’s years heading up Public Citizen, the group was frequently at odds with the trucking industry over various safety concepts such as mandating black boxes in heavy trucks – a measure Public Citizen has long supported.

On many issues, though, Claybrook sided with truckers. Like the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association, her group has long opposed expanding the number of states where longer combination vehicles can operate. Public Citizen also fought on the same side as OOIDA regarding the Bush administration's cross-border trucking pilot program to allow Mexican trucks to operate beyond commercial zones.

Claybrook will step down Jan. 31 but said she will help Public Citizen transition to its new leadership.