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John Shoaff

U.S. EPA, Office of Pollution Prevention & Toxics, Environmental Assistance Division
Chief, Liaison Branch
Washington, DC, USA


John Shoaff is the Liaison Branch Chief for U.S. EPA's Environmental Assistance Division, Office of Pollution Prevention and Toxics (OPPT).  In this role, he helps coordinate chemical safety and pollution prevention interests across the range of Agency stakeholders, foreign and domestic, and promote Office activities with the same.  Mr. Shoaff has represented the Office, Agency and U.S. in the negotiation of the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM), on technical barriers to trade (TBT) matters with Free Trade Agreements and under the World Trade Organization (WTO), and in the development of international environmental management standards (ISO 14000 series). Prior to this position, Mr. Shoaff worked in the Pollution Prevention Division where he was responsible in helping to launch several innovative domestic environmental initiatives, such as the Agency's National Environmental Performance Track program and environmentally preferable purchasing. He also managed efforts to integrate preventive approaches with rulemaking activities of the Agency and develop pollution prevention curricula for higher education.

Before his career at U.S. EPA, Mr. Shoaff held a fellowship in the California Governor's Office, working as an environment and natural resources intern in the Washington Office and also on air quality outreach and education at the Air Resources Board in Sacramento.

Mr. Shoaff is also a Commissioner with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission and Prince George's County Planning Board. He has a J.D. from the University of Maryland, School of Law and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Management from the University of Notre Dame.

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