The Consumer Federation of the Southeast has announced that Jennifer West has been named as the organization’s new executive director.
West, who brings an extensive history of business, nonprofit and campaign work in California, was selected to succeed Walter Dartland, who founded CFSE in 2003. Dartland transitions into a new role as director emeritus of the not-for-profit consumer advocacy group, which works to establish a pro-consumer agenda aiming to build on public awareness, consumer education and coalition-building.
“I’m excited that this new opportunity enables me to work to improve the lives of consumers across the Southeast,” West said. “Under the expert leadership of a true consumer legend, the Consumer Federation has built a deserved reputation for fighting for consumers, identifying and solving problems and building public awareness. It’s a privilege to follow in Walt Dartland’s footsteps and continue this important work.”
CFSE advocates on behalf of consumer interests across 11 Southeastern states. It is a member of the Consumer Federation of America, but operates independently and determines its own priorities for advocacy.
“I’m tremendously proud of what we have built at the Consumer Federation, and I am most eager to support Jennifer as she guides it in new ways to best benefit consumers,” Dartland said. “I know her experience, leadership skills and commitment to excellence will carry our vision for years to come.”
West lives in Tallahassee, Florida. She and her husband have two grown sons.