Nancy has over twenty years of applied public health experience, sixteen of which were from her time in government, including senior leadership positions at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the White House. As a PhD toxicologist she has a deep scientific understanding of chemical risk assessment, risk evaluation of environmental pollutants (including from mobile and stationary sources) and environmental policy. Nancy provides clients with insight into how regulatory policy is shaped and how rulemakings proceed from proposals to final regulations.
Nancy evaluates rulemakings and agency developments, applying her deep knowledge of how underlying technical/scientific information is used to support a rulemaking, assisting clients across all sectors. She has reviewed dozens of federal hazard assessments and risk evaluations. She works closely with clients to address high-level regulatory and compliance issues within the chemicals, consumer product, and environmental, health and safety arenas, providing advice on matters concerning pesticides, new chemicals, existing chemicals (including PFAS), hazardous air pollutants, food additives and contaminants, and biotechnology.
Nancy has a strong understanding of the underlying science, technical and evaluation frameworks utilized by agencies in developing chemical compliance and regulatory standards. She provides advice to clients on chemical regulation and pesticides management, mitigating risks and navigating potential exposure claims. Nancy has a well-rounded insight into environmental and chemical risk evaluation, as well as human health regulatory policy and toxicology. She has been engaged in either the review or development of important agency regulations and guidance documents under various statutes including, but not limited to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), the Federal Insecticide, Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA), and the Clean Air Act (CAA). She is steeped in knowledge regarding the EPA IRIS Assessments. Nancy previously served as principal executive and policy advisor to the EPA Administrator in the Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention and led the TSCA team in the development of science-based approaches to the TSCA program and brought together and formalized an Interagency Working Group to advance the Endangered Species Act (ESA) consultation process for pesticides.
Nancy’s experience also includes over a decade of work as a scientist in the Office of Management and Budget’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). She has a deep understanding of the OIRA processes and procedures that inform scientific assessments, including the Information Quality Law, Agency-wide Information Quality Guidelines, Peer Review Bulletin, and the Memorandum on Risk Evaluation.
A major focus of Nancy’s work is to assist clients in coordinating with agencies on environmental issues and regulatory developments, including with EPA staff, as well as senior staff and policy officials throughout the Executive Office of the President and other Federal agencies. She works with clients to review agency processes and scientific evaluations underlying regulations under all the major environmental statutes, including the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), Clean Air Act (CAA) (as well as the NAAQS program), Endangered Species Act (ESA), Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), Emergency Planning and Community Right-to-Know Act (EPCRA), Clean Water Act (CWA), and Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA).
Moreover, she assists clients in matters involving Environmental Justice issues and priorities for regulation.
Throughout her career, Nancy has worked on support documents, guidance documents, and regulations covering the vast space of public health concerns. She has managed matters involving sunscreens, tobacco, hemp, dietary guidelines, food additives and contaminants, and biotechnology. She is also well-versed in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) and the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FFDCA).
Nancy maintains a broad regulatory practice and is commended for her extensive understanding of regulatory processes and the scientific underpinnings of federal and state regulations and compliance programs.