BS, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, 1986
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
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. In June 2013, Ms. Roberts was invited to provide expert testimony on understanding the history and impact of TSCA before the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Environment and the Economy.
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. 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.
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.
"Women in Biotechnology," BIO Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology & Bioenergy, San Diego, CA, December 7, 2014.
"The Biobased Economy and Green Chemistry -- U.S. Regulatory Background," 2nd Annual Chemical Watch U.S. Regulatory Summit, Washington, D.C., December 2-3, 2014.
"TSCA Reform -- When Will It Come and What Will Happen While We Wait?," ALBC Next 2014, San Francisco, CA, November 10-12, 2014.
Presenter, "The Here and Now of TSCA Regulations on Biobased Chemicals." Pacific Rim Summit on Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy, San Diego, CA, December 10, 2013.
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.