Before coming to UNC, Adler served as counsel on the Committee on Energy and Commerce and advised on legislative and oversight issues relating to the commission. He also served as an attorney advisor to two commissioners.
The professor has been elected six times to the board of directors of Consumers Union, publisher of Consumer Reports magazine.
Adler joined Obama's presidential transition team in October 2008. After the election, he was one of two people asked to review the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.