Dr. Rachel A. Meidl, LP.D., CHMM, is the fellow in energy and environment at Rice University's Baker Institute for Public Policy. Her research focuses on plastics sustainability; domestic and international policy and law as it relates to imports and exports and life cycle management of hazardous wastes; safety and environmental regulations of the treatment, storage, disposal, and transportation of chemicals within and outside the U.S.; and coastal resiliency of the energy industry. She was previously appointed as Deputy Associate Administrator of the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration in Washington, D.C. where she advanced domestic and international policy interests on behalf of the U.S. government.
Prior to her public service, Dr. Meidl was the director of regulatory and technical affairs at the American Chemistry Council in Washington, D.C., progressing a broad range of regulatory and policy issues on behalf of the chemical and petrochemical industries. She has more than 20 years of experience in industry, academia, government, politics, international relations, and managing the entire scope of hazardous waste operations and emergency response to chemical, explosive, radioactive and biohazardous materials.
Dr. Meidl holds a Ph.D. in law and public policy from Northeastern University, a master’s in environmental policy and management with a concentration in environmental chemistry and international law from the University of Denver, a master’s of education in applied science and technology with certifications in chemistry and physics from National University, and bachelor’s degrees in conservation biology and zoology & animal physiology from the University of Wisconsin–Madison.