Dr. Howard Frumkin
University of Washington
Howord Frumkin is Dean of the University of Washington School of Public Health. From 2005 to 2010, he was at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, first as Director of the National Center for Environmental Health and Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (NCEH/ATSDR), and later as Special Assistant to the Director for Climate Change and Health. Before joining CDC he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at Emory University's Rollins School of Public Health and Professor of Medicine at Emory Medical School. Dr. Frumkin previously served on the Board of Directors of Physicians for Social Responsibility (PSR), where he co-chaired the Environment Committee; as president of the Association of Occupational and Environmental Clinics (AOEC); as chair of the Science Board of the American Public Health Association (APHA), and on the National Toxicology Program Board of Scientific Counselors. As a member of EPA’s Children’s Health Protection Advisory Committee, he chaired the Smart Growth and Climate Change work groups. He is the author or co-author of over 180 scientific journal articles and chapters. Dr. Frumkin received his A.B. from Brown University, his M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania, his M.P.H. and Dr.P.H. from Harvard, his Internal Medicine training at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania and Cambridge Hospital, and his Occupational Medicine training at Harvard. He is Board-certified in both Internal Medicine and Occupational Medicine, and is a Fellow of the American College of Physicians, the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Collegium Ramazzini, and the Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland.
Ms. Sally Katzen
George Mason University School of Law
Sally Katzen served as Administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs in the Office of Management and Budget (OMB)(’93-’98), and then as Deputy Director of the National Economic Council in the White House (’98-’99), and Deputy Director for Management at OMB (‘2000-’01) in the Clinton Administration. She is currently a visiting professor at the New York University School of Law, having previously taught at the University of Michigan Law School, George Mason University Law School, George Washington University School of Law, University of Pennsylvania Law School, Smith College, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Michigan in Washington Program. She is also currently a Senior Advisor at the Podesta Group in Washington, DC. Before her government service, she was a partner in the Washington DC law firm of Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering, specializing in regulatory and legislative matters. She graduated magna cum laude from Smith College and magna cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where she was Editor in Chief of the Law Review. While in private practice, she served in various leadership roles in the American Bar Association, including Chair of the Section on Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice and two terms as DC Delegate to the House of Delegates of the ABA, served as President of the Federal Communications Bar Association, and was President of the Women’s Legal Defense Fund. Following graduation from law school, she clerked for Judge J. Skelly Wright of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. She also served in the Carter Administration for two years as the General Counsel of the Council on Wage and Price Stability in the Executive Office of the President.
Dr. Anna Palmisano
U.S. Department of Energy [Retired]
Anna Palmisano recently retired from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) where she served as Associate Director of Science for Biological and Environmental Research. At DOE, she was responsible for an annual budget of $600 million supporting basic research in bioenergy, systems biology and genomics, and climate and environment science. She also has served as the Deputy Administrator for Competitive Programs in U.S. Department of Agriculture where she led the National Research Initiative. Previously, she was a Program Manager in the Office of Biological and Environmental Research, where she developed and managed research programs in bioremediation, carbon cycling, and genomics. Dr. Palmisano has also served as a Program Manager and acting Division Director for Biomolecular and Biosystems Sciences and Technology in the Office of Naval Research. She co-chaired the US-European Commission Working Group for Environmental Biotechnology from 1995 to 2010, and led the Interagency Microbe Project from 2004-2006. Dr. Palmisano received a B.S. degree in Microbiology from the University of Maryland and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Biology from the University of Southern California. She was an Allan Hancock Fellow at the University of Southern California and a National Research Council Fellow in planetary biology at NASA-Ames Research Center. She currently works as a science and technology consultant in biotechnology and bioenergy, agriculture and environment, and competitive grantsmanship.
Dr. Stephen Polasky
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
Stephen Polasky (NAS) is the Fesler-Lampert Professor of Ecological/Environmental Economics at University of Minnesota. He received a PhD in Economics from the University of Michigan in 1986. He previously held faculty positions in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics at Oregon State University (1993-1999) and the Department of Economics at Boston College (1986-1993). Dr. Polasky was the senior staff economist for environment and resources for the President’s Council of Economic Advisers 1998-1999. He was elected into the National Academy of Sciences in 2010. He was elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2009 and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2007. His research interests include ecosystem services, natural capital, biodiversity conservation, sustainability, integrating ecological and economic analysis, renewable energy, environmental regulation, and common property resources. He has served as co-editor and associate editor for the Journal of Environmental Economics and Management, as associate editor for International Journal of Business and Economics, and is currently serving as an associate editor for Conservation Letters, Ecology and Society and Ecology Letters, and on the Editorial Board of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Dr. Lynn Scarlett
Resources for the Future
Lynn Scarlett is currently a senior Visiting Scholar at Resources for the Future in Washington, DC and an environmental analyst focusing on climate change adaptation, environmental risk management, green business and infrastructure, energy and water issues, landscape-scale conservation, and science and decision making. In 2009, she was a Distinguished Visiting Lecturer on climate change at the University of California Bren School of Environmental Science and Management. From 2005 - 2009 she was Deputy Secretary at the Department of the Interior where she chaired the Department's Climate Change Task Force. Previously, Lynn served 4 years as the Department's Assistant Secretary for Policy, Management and Budget. She is a former President of the Reason Foundation and Director for 15 years of the Reason Public Policy Institute, where she focused on environmental, land use and natural resources issues. She is a former president of Executive Women in Government, a member of the national Commission on Climate and Tropical Forests and was chair of the federal Wildland Fire Leadership Council. She also serves on the boards of the American Hiking Society and the Continental Divide Trail Alliance and RESOLVE (nonprofit environmental dispute resolution), and is a trustee emeritus of the Udall Foundation. She received her BA and MA in political science from the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she also completed her PhD coursework and exams in political science.
Dr. Robert Stephens
Multi State Working Group on Environmental Performance
Robert Stephens founded and has served as President of the Multi-State Working Group on Environmental Performance (MSWG), a national coalition of representatives from government, business, non-governmental organizations, and academic institutions in the US working on transformative policies relating to the environment and sustainable development. Via his continued involvement with the MSWG, Dr. Stephens serves as the Secretariat to the Best Practice Network for Sustainable Development (BPN) for the United Nations Environment Program, Division of Technology, Industry, and Economics. Dr. Stephens retired in July 2004 from the California EPA after 30 years of service, most recently as Assistant Secretary for Environmental Management and Sustainability. In this position, Dr Stephens was responsible for the development and implementation of programs leading to environmental policy innovation and sustainability in California. Over his career, Dr. Stephens also served as Deputy Director of the Department of Toxic Substances Control for Science, Pollution Prevention, and Technology and Chief of the Hazardous Materials Laboratory for the state of California. Dr. Stephens is the primary and/or co-author of some 60 articles and book chapters ranging from basic environmental science and risk assessment to public policy related to the environment and sustainability. Dr. Stephens holds a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California and has held prior positions in industry and academia.
Dr. Deborah L. Swackhamer
University of Minnesota, St. Paul
Deborah Swackhamer is Professor and Charles M. Denny Jr., Chair in Science, Technology, and Public Policy in the Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Minnesota, and Co-Director of the University’s Water Resources Center. She also is Professor in Environmental Health Sciences in the School of Public Health. She received a BA in Chemistry from Grinnell College and a MS and PhD from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in Water Chemistry and Limnology & Oceanography, respectively. After two years post-doctoral research in Chemistry and Public & Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, she joined the Minnesota faculty in 1987. Dr. Swackhamer currently serves as Chair of the chartered Science Advisory Board of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and on the Science Advisory Board of the International Joint Commission of the US and Canada. She currently serves on the National Research Council, National Academy of Sciences committee reviewing the USGS National Assessment of Water Quality Program. She is appointed by Governor Pawlenty to serve on the Minnesota Clean Water Council. She is a Fellow in the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK.
Dr. Lauren Zeise
California Environmental Protection Agency
Lauren Zeise is Chief of the Reproductive and Cancer Hazard Assessment Branch of the California Environmental Protection Agency. She oversees or is otherwise involved in a variety of California's risk assessment activities, including cancer and reproductive toxicant assessments; development of frameworks and methodologies for assessing cumulative impact, nanotechnology, green chemistry/safer alternatives, and susceptible populations; the California Environmental Contaminant Biomonitoring Program; and health risk characterizations for environmental media, food, fuels and consumer products. Dr. Zeise’s research focuses on human interindividual variability, dose response, uncertainty and risk. She was the 2008 recipient of the Society of Risk Analysis’s Outstanding Practitioners Award and is a National Associate of the National Academy of Science’s National Research Council (NRC). She has served on various advisory boards and committees of the Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Technology Assessment, World Health Organization, and National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. She has also served on a numerous NRC and Institute of Medicine committees and boards, including the committees that produced Toxicity Testing in the 21st Century: A Vision and Strategy, Science and Decisions: Advancing Risk Assessment, and Understanding Risk: Informing Decisions in a Democratic Society. Dr. Zeise received her Ph.D. from Harvard University.