Pursuing truth and transparency for public health

Gary Ruskin, executive director and co-founder, U.S. Right to Know

Gary began doing public interest work in 1987.  For fourteen years, he directed the Congressional Accountability Project, which opposed corruption in the U.S. Congress. For nine years, he was executive director and co-founder (with Ralph Nader) of Commercial Alert, which opposed the commercialization of every nook and cranny of our lives and culture.  In 2012, he was campaign manager for Proposition 37, a statewide ballot initiative for labeling of genetically engineered food in California. He was also director of the Center for Corporate Policy. He has authored or co-authored articles in the Washington PostLos Angeles TimesThe NationMotheringMultinational Monitor, Environmental Health News, Milbank QuarterlyJournal of Epidemiology and Community Health, Journal of Public Health Policy, Globalization and Health, Public Health NutritionInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, Critical Public Health and many others. In 2013, he wrote a report on corporate espionage against nonprofit organizations. He received his undergraduate degree in religion from Carleton College, and a master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government. He is also the father of a 14 year-old daughter and a 3 year-old son.

Contact Gary: gary@usrtk.org
Follow Gary on Twitter: @GaryRuskin

Gary Ruskin’s recent work: 

Public Health Nutrition: Evaluating Coca-Cola’s attempts to influence public health ‘in their own words’: analysis of Coca-Cola emails with public health academics leading the Global Energy Balance Network, by Paulo Serodio, Gary Ruskin, Martin McKee and David Stuckler (6.3.20)

Public Health Nutrition
: Pushing partnerships: corporate influence on research and policy via the International Life Sciences Institute, by Sarah Steele, Gary Ruskin and David Stuckler (5.17.20)

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health: Targeting Children and Their Mothers, Building Allies and Marginalising Opposition: An Analysis of Two Coca-Cola Public Relations Requests for Proposals, by Benjamin Wood, Gary Ruskin and Gary Sacks (12.18.19)

Globalization and Health: Are industry-funded charities promoting “advocacy-led studies” or “evidence-based science”? A case study of the International Life Sciences Institute, by Sarah Steele, Gary Ruskin, Lejla Sarcevic, Martin McKee and David Stuckler (6.2.19)

Journal of Public Health Policy: “Always read the small print”: a case study of commercial research funding, disclosure and agreements with Coca-Cola, by Sarah Steele, Gary Ruskin, Martin McKee and David Stuckler (5.8.19).

Milbank QuarterlyPublic Meets Private: Conversations Between Coca-Cola and the CDC, by Nason Maani Hessari, Gary Ruskin, Martin McKee and David Stuckler (1.29.19)

Environmental Health News: Coca Cola’s war with the public health community: An Inside look at Coca Cola’s manipulation masquerading asscience (4.3.18)

Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health: Science organisations and Coca-Cola’s ‘war’ with the public health community: insights from an internal industry document, by Pepita Barlow, Paulo Serôdio, Gary Ruskin, Martin McKee, David Stuckler (3.14.18)

Journal of Public Health Policy: Complexity and conflicts of interest statements: a case-study of emails exchanged between Coca-Cola and the principal investigators of the International Study of Childhood Obesity, Lifestyle and the Environment (ISCOLE), by David Stuckler, Martin McKee and Gary Ruskin (11.27.17)

Critical Public Health: How food companies influence evidence and opinion – straight from the horse’s mouth, by Gary Sacks, Boyd Swinburn, Adrian Cameron, and Gary Ruskin (5.18.17)