Ila Cote, PhD

Dr. Ila Cote is an Affiliate Scientist with Risk Sciences International, working as an independent consultant in environmental risk assessment, risk management and public policy.

Dr. Cote is a risk assessor, strategic planner and manager, as well as an advisor to both U.S. and foreign governmental decision-makers. She has been a leader, for over 35 years, in the application of emerging and existing science to understand human health risks. She has conducted and overseen hundreds of risk assessments on a wide variety of environmental problems. Former positions at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency include: Senior Science Advisor, and Acting Division Director (air toxics and criteria pollutant assessments) at the National Center for Environmental Assessment. This Center produces approximately 50% of EPA’s highly influential and influential science documents, defined by the Office of Management and Budget as having potential impact of more than $500 million in a year on either the public or private sectors, is precedent-setting, has significant interagency interest, or has a clear and substantial impact on important public policies or private sector decisions. Her innovative work and leadership ensured comprehensive, science-based information was conveyed effectively to decision-makers. Other positions held include: Associate Laboratory Director at EPA’s National Health and Environmental Effects Laboratory.  Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of Colorado; Assistant Research Professor of Environmental Medicine at New York University Medical Center; and a sabbatical fellowship at the University of Colorado Department of Developmental and Molecular Biology. Dr. Cote has collaborated with a wide variety of organizations to improve risk assessment, including the National Academy of Sciences, U.S. Department of Defense, U.S. Food and Drug Administration, World Health Organization, and the European Chemical Agency. She has published extensively, and received EPA’s highest awards for excellence in science and leadership.