Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington

Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington

Keynote Speaker: Chief Environmental Research Scientist at Environmental Health Research Associates, LLC.

Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington Biography

A highly accomplished and successful environmental epidemiologist, environmental engineer and environmental historian and clinician with over 30 years of research experience working on the impact of industrial pollution on human health. Successfully implemented Research Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Clean Water Act, Clean Air Act, Superfund and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulations for effluents and solid waste derived from power generation sources (space and terrestrial systems) for both private industry and NASA.

She is a published author (Packing Them In: An Archaeology of Environmental Racism in Chicago, 1865-1954 (2005) and Echoes from the Poisoned Well: Global Memories of Environmental Injustice (2006)) and the creator and editor in chief of the first international environmental health disparities journal, Environmental Justice (Mary Ann Liebert Publishers, Inc.). She was the first African American historian to study and publish a formal history of environmental injustices in the United States in 2006 (Rowman and Littlefield Publishers). Dr. Washington was the first African American to receive a PhD in the History of Science, Technology, Environment and Medicine from Case Western Reserve University in 2000 and the first African American woman to ever receive a Master of Science in Systems and Control Engineering from Case Institute of Technology (1987). She was also the first black woman to become a journeyman engineer at NASA, Region V where she worked on the public and environmental health risks of low earth orbit missions after the 1987 Challenger Disaster. Dr. Washington consults regularly with environmental law firms as well as grass roots community groups to help them understand the history of industrial operations, transportation systems and municipal planning’s impact on human health and environmental health disparities.

Dr. Washington personally secured over $250K grant to create a national environmental justice oral history film and educational literacy project for black Catholics that was funded by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops Environmental Justice Office (2002-2006) for the Knights of Peter Claver Inc. The grant was executed with the support of Chicago Historical Society, DePaul University, Northwestern University, and Notre Dame University and the Illinois Humanities Council.

In 2006, Dr. Washington successfully submitted a research proposal to the National Science Foundation to do a qualitative epidemiology study of historical environmental health disparities in African American municipalities in Chicago’s Metropolitan Water District. She was the NSF Principal Investigator for this study from 2006-2010.

In November 2010 she was elected Co-Chair of the Illinois EPA’s Environmental Justice Advisory Board. The Board is comprised of leaders from Environmental Justice groups, private industry, NGOs, law firms and municipal officials in Illinois. In 2012 she was appointed by Governor Patrick Quinn to sit on the first Environmental Justice Commission for the state of Illinois. Dr. Washington became a Climate Reality Leader in 2015.

Her scholarly interests are focused on environmental epidemiology, biostatistics, operations research, surveillance, GIS (geographical information systems) to research the emergence of health disparities in marginalized communities and their relationship to environmental pollution stemming from technology, industrialization, engineering design and urbanization. Professional interests also include environmental literacy, health cognition and activism among African Americans, Africans, Latinos, and ethnic immigrant populations and how they respond to environmental degradation and environmental health disparities in their communities as a function of their socio-economic status and clinical health predispositions.

Considering interactions with environmental justice communities and the prevalence of environmental morbidities, Dr. Washington expanded her research practice to provide clinical care for this population. She became internationally certified as a lymphatic therapist, CLT-LANA, in 2018 through the Lymphology Association of North America (CLT-LANA.org); and expanded her company to become a Medicare Approved and BOC Accredited Durable Medical Equipment (DME) provider doing business under the name, Natural Paths for Lymphatic Wellness. Many of the patients who had become environmentally overexposed had developed (or born with) comprised lymphatic (immune systems) and were dealing with cancer or autoimmune disorders. She also utilized her formal training as Naturopathic Doctor (ND) which focused on managing health for individuals with compromised immune systems. Her company successfully received a competitive loan from Illinois Ventures in 2013 to develop the business concept of an integrated environmental epidemiology company that also provided clinical care. The money was used to purchase a 3000-sf building that was gut rehabbed to meet LEED standards for indoor environmental health quality.

Dr. Washington has been an invited speaker for University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Duke University, MIT, Oberlin College, Amherst College, Notre Dame University, Dominican University, Yale University and Williams College. As well as an invited speaker for the Archdiocese of San Francisco and Archdiocese of Chicago. She is currently on the Editorial Board of the National Catholic Report Earthbeat Magazine.

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Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington Videos

Natural Paths For Lymphatic Wellness
The LIVE Today Show January 9, 2019
Resilient Resources: Pathways to Sustainable Justice

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Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Environment, Sustainability and Environmental Policy. The estimated speaking fee range to book Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington generally travels from Aurora, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Tensie Whelan, Ed Begley Jr. and Jamie Margolin. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington for an upcoming event.

Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington Videos

Natural Paths For Lymphatic Wellness
The LIVE Today Show January 9, 2019
Resilient Resources: Pathways to Sustainable Justice
Sylvia Hood Washington: Being in the Equation

Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington Speaking Topics

  • Laudato Si and its Implication for All Life

  • Science, Technology and Environmental Genomics

  • Eugenics and Racial Disparities of Abortion in the African American Community

  • Climate Change and Climate Justice

  • Public health and Environmental health disparities.

How to book Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington?

Booking fees for Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Environment, Sustainability and Environmental Policy. The estimated speaking fee range to book Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington for live events is Below $10,000, and for virtual events Below $10,000. Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington generally travels from Aurora, IL, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Tensie Whelan, Ed Begley Jr. and Jamie Margolin. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Dr. Sylvia Hood Washington for an upcoming event.

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