ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Cara Spencer, alderman of the 20th Ward in St. Louis, will take over as executive director of the Consumers Council of Missouri, the group announced Friday.


“I am excited to take on this new role,” Spencer said in a statement. “Serving as a city alderman and as executive director of this small but mighty non-profit are two part-time positions. But both fill important roles that overlap and compliment each other in ways that will enhance my work in both roles.”

She’ll take over for former state Sen. Joan Bray, who had served in the role since 2013, as the legislative session closes.

The Consumers Council works to educate and advocate for consumers statewide. They lobbied against several bills that died this session, including HB 2369, which would have created a comprehensive state energy plan. The council said that bill would have hurt consumers by allowing more rate increases.

The council did praise the passage of SB 865, which includes provisions for the state to review health insurance rates.