Michael Wach

  • Greenbelt MD

Work History

Work History
Jan 2012 - Present

Senior Scientific Program Manager

ILSI Research Foundation
Manages environmental risk assessment technical support efforts in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, and India. Is primary author and participates with author teams to produce peer reviewed documents on environmental risk assessment of genetically engineered crops. Produces e-learning modules for stakeholders. Provides scientific support to expert panels, committees and projects. Reviews, analyzes and summarizes scientific and technical literature relevant to environmental risk assessment. Prepares scientific reports and conference proceedings. Represents ILSI RF on internal and external committees. Establishes and maintains coordination with key institutions.
Feb 2010 - Jan 2012

Environmental Protection Specialist

US Department of Energy
Develops departmental NEPA compliance regulations, policies, and environmental review requirements. Advises DOE legal counsel on the application of NEPA to a variety of technological contexts. Provides guidance to DOE programs regarding NEPA compliance. Provides assistance and training on National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related environmental matters to DOE program staff. Analyzes and interprets impacts of recent NEPA litigation on DOE NEPA processes. Reviews/edits DOE environmental impact statements and other environmental documentation to provide quality control. Collects, analyzes, and reports data to DOE programs regarding the scope and costs of departmental NEPA activities.
Jan 2008 - Feb 2010

Managing Director, Science and Regulatory Affairs

Biotechnology Industry Organization
Managed BIO’s Food and Agriculture Section’s policy development and represented BIO and its member companies on domestic and international plant biotechnology science and regulatory issues. Wrote BIO policies, action plans, and programs and coordinated their implementation with BIO’s member companies. Interacted with federal and state legislative and agency staff and outside stakeholders on plant biotechnology issues to implement BIO policies and regulatory agendas. Assisted in the development of BIO’s educational media, including print materials, talking points, and presentations, and interacted with stakeholders, the press, and the public to deliver educational messages regarding agricultural biotechnology. Represented BIO and its member companies at the Codex Alimentarius Commission on plant biotechnology issues. Assisted in the recruitment of new BIO members. Managed the establishment and incorporation of Excellence Through StewardshipTM, a 501(c)(4) organization promoting quality management practices for the development of agricultural biotechnology products, and acted as Executive Director. Coordinated the activities of the Board of Directors and several committees. Managed organization finances and resources, including outside legal counsel and other contractors. Acted as the organization’s spokesman with U.S. and international government officials, at scientific conferences, and other meetings.
Nov 2003 - Jan 2008

Branch Chief, Regulatory and Environmental Analysis

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, BRS
Managed the production of BRS’ first programmatic environmental impact statement (EIS) to analyze environmental impacts resulting from proposed changes in the regulation of genetically engineered organisms. Held stakeholders’ meetings to discuss BRS' rule revision plans and collected and analyzed comments on the EIS process. Assembled and coordinated an interdisciplinary team of APHIS from several federal agencies to produce the EIS. Conducted multiple interagency reviews of the EIS and managed all editorial processes. Advised senior management and staff regarding the implementation of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). Developed protocols to document NEPA processes and assisted staff with the preparation of Environmental Assessments (EA), Findings of No Significant Impact (FONSI), and EISs. Assisted staff in responding to public comments received in the course of NEPA processes. Acted as liaison with USDA's Office of General Counsel, coordinating communication between BRS staff, the Department of Justice, and the USDA Office of General Counsel. Reviewed and edited legal briefs, witness declarations, and other documents involved in ongoing litigation and summarized these documents for BRS senior management and staff. Prepared administrative records and other evidence for use by USDA attorneys. Served as a legal resource to BRS staff and a scientific resource for USDA legal staff. Communicated regulatory issues to various audiences, including U.S. government officials, the public, and foreign dignitaries. Prepared numerous briefings for APHIS' Deputy Administrator and Administrator and the USDA Secretary’s office. Prepared statements responsive to questions from members of Congress, trade organizations, and the public for APHIS’ Legislative and Public Affairs staff. Represented APHIS at numerous conferences and other meetings. Frequently met with foreign regulatory officials to answer questions regarding BRS’ regulatory framework.

Education

Education
1998 - 2003

Ph.D.

Cornell University
GPA - 3.7/4.0
1991 - 1994

J.D.

University of Oregon School of Law
Specialty in Environmental Law GPA - 3.3/4.0
1984 - 1985

M.S. Ed.

University of Rochester
Specialty in Deaf Education GPA - 4.0/4.0
1979 - 1981

M.S.

University of California, Davis
GPA - 3.6/4.0
1975 - 1979

B.S.

Cornell University
Graduated with Distinction GPA - 3.7/4.0

Skills

Skills

Management

Agriculture

Molecular Biology

Research

Science

Life Sciences

Biotechnology

Program Management

Nonprofits

Regulatory Affairs

International Relations

Government

E-Learning

Risk Assessment

Environmental Law

Biochemistry

Plant Pathology

NEPA

Policy

Ecology

Data Analysis

Public Policy

Environmental Science