As You Sow Welcomes New Director of Toxic Chemical Research

Eleanne van Vliet, MPH, Director of Toxic Chemical Research

Eleanne van Vliet, MPH, Director of Toxic Chemical Research

As You Sow is proud to welcome Eleanne van Vliet, MPH, as the newest member of our team.

Eleanne is an environmental health scientist who directs toxic chemical research for our Toxic Enforcement initiative.

In this capacity, she has implemented a chemical-product database which allows us to aggregate and evaluate the chemical research and consumer products at risk of violation California’s Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act (also known as Proposition 65).

She also supervises the chemical testing of consumer products and assesses the exposure that may result from these products.

Since joining As You Sow, she has assessed concrete mixes, laundry detergents, baby powders, and various personal care products for chemicals including 1,4 dioxane, phthalates, arsenic, lead, and hexavalent chromium.

Prior to joining As You Sow, she worked in environmental health research and environmental conservation at organizations including the Jane Goodall Institute and the Worldwide Fund for Nature. Eleanne has published on neonatal exposures and alternatives to phthalates (synthetic plasticizers) in medical devices, and designed and managed exposure monitoring field studies to investigate health effects resulting from indoor (biomass fuels) and outdoor air pollution in Africa.

Eleanne graduated cum laude from Hamilton College in public policy and environmental studies, holds a Master of Public Health in Environmental Health Science from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health, and completed her doctoral coursework at Columbia in molecular and environmental epidemiology.