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Leader Spotlight

Slocum.TysonTyson Slocum (Young Leader 2002)

Director, Public Citizen's Energy Program 

What do you like most about Switzerland?
The ingenuity and diligence of its people

What do you like most about the USA? 
The incredible opportunities it continues to afford me and so many others

What defines your leadership style?
Humility, listening more than I speak, and always speaking truth to power

Who inspires you? 
My parents, and those individuals through history who rose to exceed the challenges they faced: Abraham Lincoln, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Nelson Mandela

What is your greatest achievement?
Working on those policies that hold the powerful accountable in order to protect the many

Do you have any weaknesses? 
I wish foreign languages came more easily to me.

Where do you live?
Washington, DC

What is your favorite place in the world?
My hometown of Newport, RI

What is your goal in life? 
To celebrate the great diversity that surrounds us all, to always be willing to learn something new, and to contribute to leaving the world a better place than I inherited



About Tyson Slocum

Tyson is the Director of Public Citizen's Energy Program, where he promotes stronger regulation of energy markets and greater public investments in clean, sustainable energy to help protect consumers and combat global warming. Tyson researches the influence of energy company special interests on our political system and works to promote corporate and government accountability. He frequently presents his findings in testimony before the U.S. Congress and appears regularly in television, print, and radio media, ranging from Comedy Central's The Colbert Report to PBS's The Newshour with Jim Lehrer to Fox's The O'Reilly Factor. Prior to joining Public Citizen in 2000, Tyson was a policy analyst at Citizens for Tax Justice. He received his Bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin and grew up in Rhode Island.

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