Policy Advocate, Toxic Free North Carolina
Dr. Lior Vered is the Policy Advocate for Toxic Free North Carolina and works to promote sensible and science-based policies for the regulation of pesticides and other toxics. She collaborates with federal and state legislators, the Environmental Protection Agency, the NC Department of Agriculture, and the NC Department of Environmental Quality to advocate for a toxic-free North Carolina. She is a member of several national and state-wide environmental health coalitions and works closely with stakeholders such as environmental justice communities, farmworkers, beekeepers, and parents, to ensure regulatory policies represent the needs and voices of those most affected by toxic exposure. Dr. Vered graduated summa cum laude with a B.A. in chemistry from Fayetteville State University and received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of North Carolina in 2018. Her dissertation research focused on studying cell signaling pathways with a combination of experimental techniques and computational modeling. As the spouse of a deceased veteran, Dr. Vered is a strong advocate for better mental health and suicide prevention practices for the veteran and military community. She is a writer and public speaker sharing her lived experience and training people to be better allies to veterans. Additionally, Dr. Vered has over a decade of experience in different social change movements, including peace work in Israel-Palestine, racial equity work in the U.S., and developing sexual violence prevention and response protocols, policies, and training in Israel and the U.S. In her spare time, Dr. Vered enjoys weightlifting, social dancing, board game nights, and rock climbing.