Karen Perry Stillerman

Sr. Strategist and Sr. Analyst, Food & Environment Program

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As senior strategist and senior analyst in the Food and Environment Program at the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), Karen Perry Stillerman manages campaigns and initiatives aimed at transforming and modernizing the American food system to make it safer and healthier for consumers, farmers and farm workers, rural communities, and the environment. Ms. Stillerman works with UCS senior scientists to generate new analyses of the wide-ranging impacts of our food system and to communicate the links between farming practices, productive soil, and the public's health and well-being.

Prior to joining UCS in 2006, Ms. Stillerman served as deputy director of the Environment and Health Program at Physicians for Social Responsibility, where for more than eight years she advocated for national and international policies to protect public health from pesticides and other toxic environmental pollutants. Coordinating and leading a large international network of non-governmental organizations, she advocated for a global ban on persistent pollutants such as DDT, PCBs, and dioxin. She later testified before the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on the public health impacts of those chemicals and the need for the United States to implement the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants.

Ms. Stillerman holds a master's degree in public affairs and environmental policy from Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. She is an active member of the American Public Health Association.

Ms. Stillerman has been quoted by the New York Times, the Washington Post, Bloomberg, Associated Press, Public Radio International's Marketplace, and New Scientist, among others.

Selected publications

DeLonge M and Stillerman KP. 2019. Champions of Breakfast: How Cereal Makers Can Help Save Our Soil, Support Farmers, and Take a Bite out of Climate Change. Cambridge, MA: Union of Concerned Scientists

Stillerman KP. 2018. Betrayal at the USDA: How the Trump Administration is Sidelining Science and Favoring Industry over Farmers and the Public. Cambridge, MA: Union of Concerned Scientists

Stillerman KP. 2010. The Climate-Friendly Gardener: A Guide to Combating Global Warming from the Ground Up. Cambridge, MA: Union of Concerned Scientists.

Stillerman KP, Mattison DR, Giudice LC, Woodruff TJ. 2008. Environmental exposures and adverse pregnancy outcomes: a review of the science. Reproductive Sciences 15(7):631-50.