Debra Edwards RNAgri consultant

Dr. Debra Edwards is an independent consultant, specializing in global regulatory strategy for pesticides.  She has more than 35 years of experience in pesticide residue chemistry, human health risk assessment, human health and ecological risk management, registration, reregistration, and regulatory policy development.  

Dr. Edwards retired in 2010 from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, where she served as Director of the Agency’s Office of Pesticide Programs. In 2009, she was awarded the Presidential Rank Award for Meritorious Service as a Senior Executive. In her career with the Agency, Dr. Edwards also held several other senior-level management positions within the Office of Pesticide Programs in both scientific and regulatory areas, including Director of the Special Review and Reregistration Division, Director of the Registration Division, Associate Director of the Antimicrobial Division and Associate Director of the Health Effects Division.

From 1997 to 1999, Dr. Edwards served as an Agricultural Extension Specialist in the Peace Corps in Guatemala, where she taught courses in pesticide safety, U.S. pesticide regulation, and sustainable agriculture. 

In addition to her consulting practice, Dr. Edwards serves on the Board of Directors of the American Vanguard Corporation, a pesticide manufacturer with headquarters in Newport Beach, California. Dr. Edwards holds a B.Sc. degree in Botany from Miami University (Ohio) and M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in Plant Pathology from The Ohio State University. She completed a post-doctoral appointment at USDA’s Pesticide Degradation Laboratory.

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