Rhonda Sherwood

Founding Vice Chairman, Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center Executive Board, New York, NY


Founding Vice Chairman, Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center Executive Board, New, York, NY After earning her BSE in Biomedical Engineering from Purdue University, Ms. Sherwood began her career at General Electric Medical Systems (now known as GE Healthcare) in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where she worked in engineering, marketing and sales positions. This was an exciting time to work in the radiology industry because the MRI scanner had just received FDA approval. She subsequently earned her MBA at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. After working as a management consultant in the plastics and petroleum industries, Ms. Sherwood made a conscious decision to return to the healthcare industry. As a healthcare consultant, she advised hospitals and physicians on developing radiology and other outpatient centers and conducted due diligence for the venture capital division of the LINC Group, a health care finance company in Chicago. After moving to the New York area with her husband and three young children, Ms. Sherwood turned her focus to the subject of environmental health, a lifelong passion. In 2007, under the leadership of Dr. Philip Landrigan, the chairman of the Department of Preventive Medicine of the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, Ms. Sherwood co-founded the executive board of the Mount Sinai Children's Environmental Health Center (CEHC) in New York. She served in the role of Vice Chairman of the Executive Board for seven years and founded a fundraiser, aptly named, "Greening Our Children", that will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2017. Through board contributions and its fundraiser, the CEHC raised over $4 million to fund a laboratory called the Senator Frank R. Lautenberg Environmental Health Sciences Laboratory to honor the late U.S. senator from New Jersey. The lab is dedicated to analyzing chemicals and air quality to determine the possible environmental causes of autism, ADHD, pediatric cancers and other diseases affecting today's children. Chemicals of concern include artificial turf field crumb rubber, flame-retardants, pesticides, endocrine disrupting chemicals found in perfumes and plastics, and lead. Ms. Sherwood has successfully lobbied for the ban of BPA in baby bottles in Connecticut and has lobbied for bans of phthalates in personal care products, shredded tire crumb rubber on playing fields and playground surfaces, and flame retardants in furniture. In addition to her work as an environmental health lobbyist and CEHC board member, Ms. Sherwood is committed to working with Dean Jamieson to promote the value of a Purdue Engineering degree to prospective students in the New York tri-state area.