Center for Progressive Reform (Washington, DC)


  • Name:Matthew Shudtz
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Center for Progressive Reform
  • Address:455 Massachusetts Ave., N.W.
    Washington, DC 20001
    United States

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  • Main phone:202-747-0698
  • Main fax:202-747-0698

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  • Mission:
  • The Center for Progressive Reform is a research, education, and advocacy organization that brings together a small professional staff with a network of Member Scholars to promote robust health, safety, and the environmental protections. We do so through analysis and commentary. CPR believes sensible safeguards in these areas serve important shared values, including doing the best we can to prevent harm to people and the environment, distributing environmental harms and benefits fairly, and protecting the earth for future generations. CPR rejects the view that the economic efficiency of private markets should be the only value used to guide government action. Rather, CPR supports thoughtful government action and reform to advance the well-being of human life and the environment.

  • Overview:
  • CPR is a network of the nation’s leading progressive legal scholars, supported by a small professional staff who are experts in law and policy in their own right. CPR staff and “Member Scholars,” as the law professors are known, work together to analyze the critical and emerging issues of public health and environmental law. Our analysis is considered among the strongest and most influential work in the public policy advocacy world and it is presented to policymakers, legislators, and advocates in a variety of ways, including carefully researched reports, thoughtful posts on CPR’s blog, and direct outreach. CPR staff and Member Scholars work with allies in the public interest community to ensure that our work is timely and relevant to meaningful campaigns to improve public health and environmental policy.

  • History:
  • CPR was conceived in late 2001 by a forward-thinking group of public interest advocates and a handful of legal scholars who had been working together on an ad hoc basis for years to promote strong environmental and public health protections. The idea was simple: develop a network of legal scholars who could continuously bring their scholarship and expertise to bear on the issues of the day, providing a unique perspective to a debate that increasingly pits interest groups against one another. CPR would provide a voice that stays above the fray.

    Developing the network of scholars was also simple. Progressive legal scholars tend to desire an outlet for their work beyond the confines of the academy. Since it was established in 2002, the organization has grown to include 60 Member Scholars, all of whom contribute their work and expertise on a pro bono basis. A signal moment in CPR's growth was the publication of a book entitled "A New Progressive Agenda for Public Health and the Environment," which laid out the basic principles by which CPR still operates. (Available from Carolina Academic Press.)

    The harder part of CPR's journey is effectively connecting our Member Scholars to advocates, policymakers, and the media. That is where our professional staff come in. The Lawrence Foundation's support in CPR's early days was critical to our growth. Today, the staff numbers eight—an Executive Director, an Operations & Finance Manager, a communications specialist, a media consultant, and four policy analysts. CPR's policy analysts are trained lawyers whose academic success and professional development enable them to strategically connect our Member Scholars to other advocates and policymakers.

    Working together, CPR's staff and Member Scholars have developed dozens of reports on issues ranging from toxic chemical regulation to civil justice reform. CPR also maintains a blog that is widely read by the environmental and public interest advocacy community inside the DC beltway. The success of our model can be measured in the numerous requests for CPR staff and Member Scholars to testify before Congress, regular meetings with agency personnel, and frequent quotes in trade press covering our issues. Some of our Member Scholars have taken leaves of absence from CPR to take high-level positions at the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Trade Commission, and Department of Justice.

    CPR has grown from a simple idea to an effective organization hitting above its weight in a short time.

  • Year established:2002
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:8
  • Staff size:8


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:None
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