Lisa Y. Lefferts
Environmental Health Sciences
421 Park Street, Suite 4
Charlottesville VA 22902
Lisa Y. Lefferts is an internationally recognized expert on environmental health. She has been at Environmental Health Sciences since 2004, now as Senior Editor of Environmental Health News, and initially as Science Editor.
As a consultant for public interest groups for the past 17 years, her work has taken her around the world, conducting trainings in Eastern Europe, representing Consumers International at international food safety meetings, and participating in FAO/WHO expert consultations related to pesticides and other public health issues. She has also done extensive work assessing eco-labels for consumers. Prior to her consulting career she was Staff Scientist at Center for Science in the Public Interest and co-authored the book Safe Food: Eating Wisely in a Risky World (Living Planet Press, 1991). Her investigations at CSPI led to her being widely interviewed and quoted, (e.g., The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Associated Press, National Public Radio, CBS Evening News, Today Show) on topics ranging from testing milk for illegal antibiotics (she found them) to contaminants in microwave packaging. Lefferts began her environmental health career in high school with her work for the Baltimore laboratory of the US FDA during summers. She wondered what toxaphene was and what it was doing in beet tops.
Lefferts has an MSPH from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she received a grant from the US EPA and worked on assessing risks of a class of neurotoxic pesticides. At Oberlin she got her BA in Biology and Environmental Studies, which at that time was a self-designed major.
She lives in a green home she helped design in the lap of the Blue Ridge mountains in Nelson County, Virginia. She is convinced that animals understand her.