Using Science to Inform State Policymaking

During the 2018 CSG National Conference in Northern Kentucky - Greater Cincinnati, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in a day-long policy academy, "Using Science to Inform State Policymaking," on Thursday, Dec. 6, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m. 

The one-day policy academy is aimed to equip state leaders with a foundation for understanding science-based evaluation and using science in the development of policy. State leaders increasingly face key policy decisions that rely on the understanding and use of scientific data. Such policy choices can often impact the health of the public and our stewardship of the environment. The absence of sound science in the policymaking process may hinder the deployment of effective policy or result in unintended consequences. Using the development of consumer products as the broad case study, participants will learn about the scientific basis from which product development decisions are derived.

Click here for the agenda.

Click here for speaker bios.

Click here for sponsor acknowledgement. 


Preliminary Agenda

8 – 8:15 a.m.                      Welcome and Introductions

8:15 – 8:45 a.m.                 Consumer Insight Overview

                                          Consumer Sustainability Attitudes & Behavior

                                          Consumer Desire for Transparency

                                          Speaker: Elizabeth Kinney, Senior Communications Manager, Procter & Gamble

8:45 – 9:15 a.m.                 Product Development Overview

                                          Speaker: Todd Cline, Section Head, Procter & Gamble   

9:15 – 11:30 a.m.              Product Safety Overview                                   

9:15 – 9:45 a.m.                Part I: Fundamentals of Safety

                                         Speaker: Dr. Scott Heid, Associate Director, Procter & Gamble

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.             Part II: Fundamentals of Human Safety

                                        Speaker: Dr. Jane Rose, Principal Scientist, Procter & Gamble

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.           Break

10:30 – 11:30 a.m.           Product Safety Overview Contd.

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.           Part III: Fundamentals of Environmental Safety

                                        Speaker: Monica Lam, Senior Scientist, Procter & Gamble

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.           Part IV: Making Sense of Safety

    Speaker: Dr. Scott Heid, Associate Director, Procter & Gamble

Noon – 1:15 p.m.             Working Lunch: Review of CSG’s A State Official's Guide to Science-Based Decision-Making


    Karyn Schmidt, Senior Director of Regulatory and Technical Affairs, American Chemistry Council

                                        Dr. Scott Heid, Associate Director, Procter & Gamble

                                        Rep. Mike Fortner, Illinois

1:15 – 2 p.m.                   The Importance of Research & Development 

     Speaker: Colleen Rocafort, Global Technical Key Account Manager, BASF

2 – 2:45 p.m.                   Beyond Perfume: Understanding the Value of Fragrance


                                       Amanda Nguyen, Director of Government Affairs and Legal, Fragrance Creators Association

                                       Wendy Kennedy, Senior Communications Manager, Procter & Gamble

2:45 – 3:30 p.m.              Over-the-Counter Medication Safety & Efficacy


                                       Carlos Gutierrez, Vice President of State and Local Government Affairs, Consumer Healthcare

                                       Products Association

                                       David Spangler, Senior Vice President of Policy and General Counsel, Consumer Healthcare

                                       Products Association

3:30 – 4 p.m.                   Roundtable Discussion and Closing Remarks



Todd Cline, Section Head, Global Fabric Care Research & Development, Procter & Gamble

Cline is a leader in new product development in fabric care, with a large portion of his team’s work focused on sustainability and natural products for Tide, Gain and Downy. This includes the entire development cycle from consumer insights to product/package creation to market introduction. Prior to fabric care he worked across a wide range of P&G businesses including health care, P&G professional and home care in both North America and Europe.

Rep. Mike Fortner, State Representative, Illinois

Fortner is in his fourth full term as state representative. In the Legislature he serves on the committees for Cities and Villages (minority spokesperson), Tollway Oversight (minority spokesperson), Energy, Mass Transit, and Transportation: Regulations, Roads, and Bridges. In addition to his public service, Fortner is an accomplished professor and researcher. Fortner has been an associate professor of physics at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb for over 25 years and has worked on research experiments at Fermilab for over 25 years.

Carlos Gutierrez, Vice President, State & Local Government Affairs, Consumer Healthcare Products Association

Gutiérrez is responsible for the development and implementation of state and local governmental affairs strategies for the Consumer Healthcare Products Association (CHPA). As chief state lobbyist, he advocates on behalf of CHPA and manages legislative affairs in all 50 states and localities across the country. Prior to joining CHPA, Gutiérrez was assistant vice president of state & local government affairs for the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). 

Scott Heid, Ph.D., Associate Director, Scientific Communications, Procter & Gamble

Heid has been with Procter & Gamble for 17 years where he has focused on the human safety science and regulatory compliance of a wide spectrum of P&G’s consumer products, primarily in the beauty and health care portfolios (Pantene, Herbal Essences, Olay, etc.). For the past nine years Heid has been in a communications role that also includes sharing the extensive safety science behind consumer products and their ingredients with external thought leaders, scientists and the media. 

Wendy Kennedy, Senior Communications Manager, Global Air Care and North America Home Care, Procter & Gamble

Kennedy is responsible for leading the communications for P&G air care brands globally and P&G home care brands—Febreze, Swiffer, Mr. Clean, Dawn and Cascade—in North America. Kennedy is responsible for creating value by earning influencer advocacy and growing the reputation of P&G home care brands. This includes media relations across traditional and digital platforms as well as sustainability and transparency communication across the businesses. Most recently, she was senior communication manager of Global Olay Skin Care and North American Skin and personal care category. Prior to that, she was head of North America professional communications for P&G beauty care. 

Monica Lam, Senior Scientist, Procter & Gamble

Lam is a group scientist in the Environmental Stewardship group within the Global Product Stewardship organization at the Procter & Gamble Company. In this role, Lam conducts risk assessments on P&G ingredients used in household cleaning products to ensure their environmental safety. She is deeply involved with P&G’s polymer environmental safety program, which involves research into analytical methods for measuring polymers in environmental matrices, and strategic design and implementation of safety programs, which involve study conductance and risk assessment. She is also P&G’s representative to ECETOC and ACI’s Polymer Safety Task Force, which is looking to develop a framework for polymer safety assessment and to conduct assessments on polymers used across the cleaning product industry.

Amanda Nguyen, J.D, Fragrance Creators Association Director, Government Affairs & Legal

Nguyen joined Fragrance Creators Association (Fragrance Creators) in July 2016. She focuses on ensuring effective advocacy and providing in-house legal support. She oversees Fragrance Creators’ Government and Legislative Affairs Executive Committee and Value Chain Committee. Before joining Fragrance Creators, she served as an assistant attorney general at the Tennessee Office of the Attorney General. She also worked at the Kansas Legislative Research Department, the Environmental Law Institute and Vanderbilt University Law School.

Colleen Rocafort, Team Lead, Technical Key Account Management-Care Chemicals, BASF Corporation

Rocafort’s primary role at BASF is to focus on and drive short-term opportunities, coordinating with her regional technical peers. She develops new business opportunities by leading innovation and development efforts with her customers using BASF technologies. Rocafort has 40 years of varied research and development experience in cosmetic science. She has worked on the raw material supplier side of the business as well as for various manufacturers. She has been an active member of the Society of Cosmetic Chemists for over 36 years, served as their president and received a merit award for outstanding service and leadership.  

Jane Rose, Ph.D., Principal Scientist, Procter & Gamble

Rose has worked at P&G for 11 years as a safety toxicologist with focus on inhalation and perfume safety and has ensured the safety of various brands within the beauty business. Rose was appointed to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Board of Scientific Counselors, serving on the Chemical Safety for Sustainability Subcommittee (2017-2021).

Karyn M. Schmidt, Senior Director, Regulatory & Technical Affairs, American Chemistry Council

Schmidt has expertise in a broad range of health, product and science policy issues, including implementation of the Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act of 2016 amending TSCA.  She has led key organizational efforts on product labeling, ingredient disclosure, sustainability, alternatives assessment, cost-benefit analysis, green marketing, and Proposition 65. Before joining ACC’s Regulatory & Technical Affairs Department, policy team, Schmidt served in ACC’s legal department for 15 years, providing wide-ranging legal counsel to product-specific chemical and plastics groups facing legislative, regulatory, litigation, and private-sector challenges and opportunities.

David C. Spangler, Senior Vice President, Policy and General Counsel, Consumer Healthcare Products Association

Spangler directs CHPA's legal and international affairs, and oversees association policy initiatives. Spangler joined CHPA in 1984 as a legislative analyst. He has served in a number of roles in project management, international affairs, and, after receiving a law degree in 1995, legal affairs. Spangler is a member of the D.C. Bar and the American Society of Association Executives. He authored a chapter on OTC medicines in Modern Pharmaceutical Industry: A Primer and is on the editorial board of the Food and Drug Law Journal.