Executive Director

Carmen Balber is Consumer Watchdog’s executive director. She leads Consumer Watchdog’s health reform and patient safety projects, and is recognized as a leading expert on a wide range of insurance issues. Carmen returned to California in 2013 a er four years directing the group’s Washington, D.C. o ce, where she advocated for key health insurance market reforms that were ultimately enacted into law as part of Obamacare.

In 2012, she managed the coalition e ort in California to defeat a $17 million insurance industry initiative that would have raised rates on good drivers, as well as the campaign to successfully qualify Proposition 45 for the 2014 ballot that would have required health insurance companies to justify and get prior approval for rate hikes. She has authored or co-authored numerous reports on the auto, health and medical malpractice insurance industries, and insurance rate regulation, and her commentaries have appeared in papers across the state and nation, including the Los Angeles Times, Baltimore Sun, Boston Globe and Sacramento Bee.

Balber also ran campaigns to pass the nation’s strongest con ict of interest protections in
ve cities across California. Before joining Consumer Watchdog, Balber served as Assistant Canvass Director for the Colorado Public Interest Research Group (COPIRG). She holds
a B.A. in Politics from Pomona College. and attended the Armand Hammer United World College of the American West, one of 17 secondary schools across the globe dedicated to fostering international understanding by bringing together youth from a diversity of countries and cultures to live and learn.