Jennifer Orme-Zavaleta holds a PhD from Oregon State University and is an internationally recognised expert in chemical risk assessment and water quality research and regulation. She has worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) since 1981 in a variety of roles at the Office of Water; the Office of Toxic Substances; and the Office of Research and Development. She has earned numerous EPA awards, including a Gold Medal for Exceptional Service in 1996. As director of the EPA’s National Exposure Research Laboratory, she is currently supporting the EPA’s mission to protect human health and the environment by promoting research to improve methods, measurements, models and systems approaches to predict, reduce and prevent exposure to harmful environmental stressors. She joined the REC’s Board of Directors in 2016.