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|Industry||"Non-Profit & "Activism|
|Headquarters||"New York State, "United States|
|Blair Horner, "Gene Russianoff, Russ Haven|
The New York Public Interest Research Group (NYPIRG) is a New York Statewide student-directed, non-partisan, not for profit political organization. It has existed since 1973. Its current executive director is Blair Horner and its founding director was "Donald K. Ross.
NYPIRG is directed by a student-run and student-elected Board of Directors. Any issue that NYPIRG works on, or stance it takes, must be approved by its student board of directors. Smitha Varghese, student of Queens College, is the current chairperson of NYPIRG's Board of Directors. NYPIRG is one of the largest of the "Public Interest Research Groups, which were inspired by "Ralph Nader in the 1970s, and operate at the state level. After leaving "Columbia University, former "President of the United States "Barack Obama worked at NYPIRG at its City College Chapter.
NYPIRG works on a variety of socioeconomic issues such as college affordability, consumer protection, sustainable energy, government accountability, hunger & homelessness, public transportation in New York City, and voter rights.
The focus of NYPIRG's program is the campus chapters. Campus chapters exist at schools in the "State University of New York (SUNY) "City University of New York (CUNY), and two private colleges ("Pratt Institute and "Syracuse University). The chapters are funded by activity fees which are voted on by students, and/or determined by student governments.