Kathleen M. Roberts
Vice President, B&C Consortia Management, L.L.C.
 

 
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EDUCATION:

BS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1986

 
RANKINGS & RECOGNITION:

Received highest marks as speaker at National Association of Chemical Distributors Southern Region meeting in 2011: “Import/Export presentation made the trip worthwhile.” – Lucinda Schofer, NACD.

 “Many of our employees in the Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs rely on your knowledge and expertise in their work with you at the American Chemistry Council. I know they always speak highly of your leadership and skill in the chemicals management area... You have a gift for explaining complex technical matters in a way lay people can understand.” – Greg Babe, President and CEO of Bayer MaterialScience L.L.C. (January 2008).

 “Your presentation was excellent and you certainly are expert on the topic.” – John Ulrich, Chemical Industry Council of California (May 2008).Davis

 

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As Vice President of B&C® Consortia Management, L.L.C. (BCCM), Kathleen Roberts is an essential resource for industry groups, providing cost effective administrative and management services to ensure their interests are protected and their voices heard on issues of concern. She offers demonstrated success and an impressive track record in this capacity, and is a recognized expert in chemical control regulations specifically under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). Ms. Roberts is highly regarded as a leader in domestic and international science and policy program management, for industry groups engaged in legislative and regulatory advocacy, research, and public outreach and communications.

Ms. Roberts has more than 20 years of experience in chemical control issues related to TSCA. Her background as a toxicology lab technician gives her unique insights in contracting for research or regulatory-required testing. She has a large network of colleagues to draw from in various trade associations and chemical companies. She has been lauded for her logical and pragmatic approach to problem solving, and her ability to break down complicated programs and regulatory compliance issues into easy to understand concepts and simple stepwise approaches.

In her work, Ms. Roberts provides strategic management, technical input, and administrative support for industry consortia, including meeting/conference logistics, recordkeeping, budget development, accounting services, and membership recruitment and retention. She develops communication materials, including testimonies, press releases, web materials, and industry guidance. She enhances the benefits of a consortium, providing timely and accurate communications on domestic and international regulatory and legislative issues, and providing as needed access to specific experts to help consortia members achieve their advocacy goals.

Before joining BCCM, Ms. Roberts was a Senior Director with Regulatory and Technical Affairs at the American Chemistry Council (ACC) where she directed strategic efforts to improve the current chemical management system. Under ACC’s product stewardship programs, she developed guidance materials and performance measures, advocated Council policies, and provided managerial support to several action groups engaged in regulatory advocacy and public outreach activities. Prior to ACC, Ms. Roberts monitored research testing for several pesticide registrations for Jellinek, Schwartz, Connolly & Freshman, and conducted inhalation and genetic toxicology testing for Hazleton Laboratories.

Kathleen Roberts has served as an industry spokesperson at various national and international conferences, including the Association of International Chemical Manufacturers, ChemCon Americas, Responsible Care® Conference, and GlobalChem Conference.

Representative Engagements:

  • Organized, hosted, and participated in a critically important and timely workshop with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regarding interpretation and policies on byproduct reporting under the Chemical Data Reporting (CDR) rule. The workshop included EPA review of various case studies, and resulted in additional EPA guidance on the CDR.
  • Provided comments and testimony at the 2011 California Carcinogen Identification Committee for several clients, resulting in the desired lower prioritization score for future California regulatory attention.
  • Advocated successfully with the U.S. Coast Guard in regard to proposed amendments to International Maritime Organization (IMO) regulations that would adversely impact the chemical/metals industry, which resulted in our client's position being adopted at the March 2011 IMO meeting.
  • Organized a workshop at the California Environmental Protection Agency that brought together manufacturers, academia, instrumentation experts, and researchers to share information on nanomaterials in environmental matrices. With high marks from numerous California regulatory groups, workshop output will be organized into a publication focused on informing other state or local nanomaterials regulatory groups.
  • Led a comprehensive stakeholder outreach campaign that resulted in hundreds of letters received by EPA. The effort asked users of a particular pesticide product to write to EPA regarding the benefits of the product, the lack of available economic options, and the adverse impact of an EPA cancellation.

Publications:

Kathleen M. Roberts, "How to Make Friends and Win EPA Approvals: tips for biobased chemicals," Biofuels Digest, May 28, 2014.

Lynn L. Bergeson, Kathleen M. Roberts, "Promoting Renewable Chemicals," The Environmental Forum, January/February, 2014.

Lynn L. Bergeson, Kathleen M. Roberts, and Heidi B. Lewis, "Why BRAG™ Before You Go to Market? The Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Group (BRAG) Helps Companies Commercialize Their Products," Industrial Biotechnology, August 2013.

Lisa R. Burchi, Charles M. Auer, Kathleen M. Roberts, and Lynn L. Bergeson, "Are TSCA Section 8(b)(2) Statutory Mixture Categories Subject to Reporting Under the Chemical Data Reporting Rule?," Bloomberg BNA Toxics Law Reporter, April 12, 2012.

Kathleen M. Roberts, "EPCRA – One Acronym, Many Facets Impacting NACD Membership," Chemical Distributor, January/February 2012.

Lynn L. Bergeson & Kathleen M. Roberts, "Deconstructing EPA’s Chemical Data Reporting Rule," Law360, August 17, 2011.

Charles A. Staples, James B. Williams, Gordon R. Craig, and Kathleen M. Roberts, “Fate, effects and potential environmental risks of ethylene glycol: a review,” Chemosphere, March 2000.

Speaking Engagements:

Presenter, "The Here and Now of TSCA Regulations on Biobased Chemicals."  Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, December 10, 2013, San Diego, CA

Moderator of a panel discussion on "Safer Product Groups & Sustainable Brands Perspectives on Current & Future Policy," 3rd Safer Consumer Products Summit - National Policy Outlook, Washington, D.C. (September 17-19, 2013).

Presenter, "Commercializing Renewable Chemicals and TSCA: Getting To Yes." Workshop at the 10th Annual World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, Montreal, Canada, June 18, 2013.

Provided expert testimony at the hearing: "Title 1 of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA): Understanding its History and Reviewing its Impact" convened by the House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy, Washington, D.C., June 13, 2013.

Presenter, "Commercializing Renewable Chemicals: What You Need To Know About TSCA." Webinar presented by the Biobased and Renewable Products Advocacy Consortium (BRAG™) and the Society for the Commercial Development of Industrial Biotechnology, June 12, 2013.

Moderator of a panel discussion "Home and Personal Care Value Chain: Leaning on the Supply Chain for Data Sharing and Innovative new Chemicals and Formulations," Safer Consumer Products Summit, San Francisco, California, April 3, 2013.


 


 
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