COURT — Jamie Court
Jamie Court is an award-winning and nationally recognized consumer advocate. Court is the author of Corporateering: How Corporate Power Steals Your Personal Freedom And What You Can Do About It (Tarcher/Putnam, June 2003). The Los Angeles Times writes, “Crisply written and lucidly argued, ‘Corporateering’ will certainly strike a chord with those concerned about the erosion of their rights and looking for tips on how to fight back.” (www.corporateering.org) Court is co-author of Making A Killing: HMOs and the Threat To Your Health (Common Courage Press, 1999) — which Publisher’s Weekly says is "one of the most powerful indictments of the managed care industry." (www.makingakilling.org)
The Los Angeles Times calls Court "a tireless consumer advocate." The Wall Street Journal writes, "He’s notorious for his dramatic, sharp-tongued attacks on the health- and auto-insurance industries, and on any politician who takes their campaign cash."
Court helped to pioneer the HMO patients’ rights movement in the United States, sponsoring successful laws in California and aiding them elsewhere. He has also led major corporate campaigns to reform insurers, banks, oil companies, utilities and political practices. Court is a regulator commentator on National Public Radio’s "Marketplace" program and on the Los Angeles Times op-ed page.
Court has also worked as an advocate for the homeless and as a community organizer. He has a degree in history from Pomona College.
HELLER — Douglas Heller
Doug Heller is the Foundation’s lead legislative and regulatory advocate on insurance and energy issues. Heller spearheaded the two-year battle for the nation’s strongest whistleblower protections, which are now California law.
In the past year, Heller has worked with patient rights groups around the country speaking to lawmakers and media about the necessity of insurance regulation and the injustice of restrictions on the legal rights of victims of medical negligence. Heller has authored numerous reports on issues such as energy deregulation, medical malpractice and insurance industry low-balling. He is a participant in a number of California insurance and consumer oriented boards and panels.
Heller led the 2001 lobbying effort against a legislative bailout of California electric utilities. Through both advocacy work and community outreach, Heller has been the state’s consumer leader in the effort to implement and expand the nation’s first low-cost auto insurance program for low-income motorists.
Prior to advocacy work, Heller was an FTCR organizer, training and managing volunteers. After receiving his B.A. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley, Heller spent two years as a public school teacher in rural Louisiana.
SIMPSON — John M. Simpson
John M. Simpson is a veteran journalist who held top editing positions at international, national and community newspapers. Most recently he was executive editor of Tribune Media Services International, a syndication company. He was previously deputy editor of USA Today and editor of its international edition.
Simpson taught journalism at Dublin City University in Ireland, and consulted for The Irish Times and The Gleaner in Jamaica. He served as president of the World Editors Forum. Recently he wrote FTCR’s report, "Affordability, Accessibility & Accountability in California Stem Cell Research." His op-ed articles have appeared in the San Francisco Chronicle and the San Jose Mercury News, the Sacramento Bee, and the Wisconsin State Journal.
Simpson holds a B.A. in philosophy from Harpur College of SUNY Binghamton and was a Gannett Fellow at the Center for Asian and Pacific Studies at the University of Hawaii. He has an M.A. in Communication Management from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School for Communication.
DUGAN — Judy Dugan
Judy Dugan concentrates as an advocate on health care reforms, oil industry issues and telecommunications. She also writes and edits foundation publications and conducts media outreach.
A former Deputy Editorial Page Editor for the Los Angeles Times, Dugan was the editor of a Pulitzer Prize-winning series on California government in 2004. She earlier held positions with the Times including Assistant Op-Ed Editor and Voices Editor.
Before joining the Los Angeles Times, Dugan was an editor and reporter for United Press International in Washington D.C. and Chicago from 1977 to 1988.
Dugan was also a Peace Corps volunteer in the Philippines and a small-business owner in North Conway, New Hampshire, but now she’s sticking with California, FTCR, and Oil Watchdog.