Paul DeLeo, American Cleaning Institute, George Gigounas; DLA Piper; Jennifer McPartland, Environmental Defense Fund; Karl Palmer, California Department of Toxic Substances Control; Rachael Yourtz, DLA Piper; Patricia Rizzuto, Bloomberg BNA
Paul DeLeo, American Cleaning InstitutePaul DeLeo is Associate Vice President, Environmental Safety at the American Cleaning Institute. He focuses on science and policy related to the regulation of cleaning product ingredients. Prior to joining ACI in 2007, Paul worked at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for eight years where he was a regulator of the safety of food additive ingredients. His professional experience includes employment with private contractors evaluating the environmental safety of industrial chemicals and pesticides for government and industry clients. Paul’s academic background was in environmental engineering and science with a particular interest in environmental microbiology. He received a master’s degree from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a doctorate from Cornell University. George Gigounas, DLA PiperGeorge Gigounas is a partner at DLA Piper. The focus of his multi-faceted law practice is on business litigation and regulatory counseling. His litigation practice emphasizes corporate governance, business competition, and securities law, as well as industrial and environmental operations and toxics exposure. George’s regulatory practice encompasses a wide range of manufacturing and product compliance and liability issues at the federal and state levels. His business litigation experience includes a broad range of commercial litigation and corporate investigations. George also provides counsel on compliance with product safety laws and regulations, particularly regarding the Consumer Product Safety Act. He is a member of the California bar. Jennifer McPartland, Environmental Defense FundDr. Jennifer McPartland is a health scientist in the Environmental Defense Fund’s environmental health program. She focuses on advancing policy and market solutions to protect human health and the environment from toxic chemicals. Among other projects, Jennifer supports EDF’s efforts to reform the Toxics Substances Control Act; leads EDF’s engagement in federal efforts to advance new chemical testing approaches and adopt systematic review; and actively participates in partnerships with businesses to promote the use of safe chemicals in consumer products. Before her arrival at EDF, Jennifer was the 2009-2010 American Society for Microbiology/American Association for the Advancement of Science congressional fellow working in the office of Congresswoman Diana DeGette. While in the DeGette office, Jennifer focused primarily on health and consumer issues ranging from direct-to-consumer genetic testing and food safety to chemicals policy reform. Prior to entering the policy realm, Jennifer was a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago, elaborating upon her graduate studies in defining virus-host interactions. Jennifer received a BS in chemistry with a specialization in biochemistry from the University of Virginia. Karl Palmer, California Department of Toxic Substances ControlKarl Palmer is the manager of the Safer Consumer Products Branch at California’s Department of Toxic Substances Control. He is responsible for DTSC’s efforts to implement pollution prevention programs, supporting local Green Business Programs and helping lead the department’s efforts to expand pollution prevention efforts, green chemistry strategies and sustainability initiatives throughout California. While at DTSC, Karl has provided technical support and policy development for the adoption of hazardous waste regulations. He also has worked in each of DTSC’s core programs performing a wide variety of work including site assessments and inspections of hazardous waste sites, conducting investigations at state superfund sites, and coordinating HAZMAT support at major chemical spills and natural disasters. He holds a B.S. in Resource Sciences from the University of California, Davis. Rachael Yourtz, DLA PiperRachael Yourtz is an associate at DLA Piper. She is developing her litigation practice specifically in the areas of complex commercial litigation and product liability. She is a member of the California bar. Patricia Rizzuto, Bloomberg BNA Patricia Rizzuto covers chemicals, risk assessment, toxicology, and related sciences at Bloomberg BNA, where she has worked on these and waste issues for 13 years. Special features she has written include a special report documenting that EPA spent less than 1 percent of its 2008 enforcement budget enforcing core provisions of the Toxic Substances Control Act and another special report exploring the dynamic that has prompted the U.S. to negotiate for and sign nearly a dozen multilateral environmental treaties but ratify none. She received a bachelor’s in communications from Juniata College in Huntington, Pa.