Academic Credentials
  • M.B.A., Strategic Management and Public Policy, George Washington University, 2000
  • B.S., Chemistry, State University of New York, Purchase, 1984
Professional Honors
  • Member, Beta Gamma Sigma, The Honor Society of AACSB Accredited Business Schools, 2000
  • Recipient, National Collegiate Business Merit Award, United States Achievement Academy, 1999
  • Recipient, Merit Award: EU Pesticide Reauthorisation Management, TAS, 1995
  • Nominee, Uniroyal Quality Award, Uniroyal Chemical, 1989
  • Recipient, Technical Achievement Award, Uniroyal Chemical, 1988
  • Recipient, Special ALAR Team Technical Award, Uniroyal Chemical, 1985
Professional Affiliations
  • American Chemical Society, 1984-present
  • Association of Official Analytical Chemists, 1989-present
  • American Management Association, 1995-present
  • National Association of Female Executives, 1999-present
  • Society of Risk Assessment, 2000-present
  • American Chemical Society, Agrochemical Division, 1984-present
  • American Chemical Society, Separations Chemistry Division, 1984-1991

Ms. Polakoff has more than 35 years of multidisciplinary federal, state, and international experience in regulatory and business strategy, residue and metabolism chemistry, exposure and risk assessment, product development and stewardship strategies, and management. She specializes in the development and regulatory approval of new products, as well as support of products throughout their lifecycles, including data compensation and due diligence.

Ms. Polakoff's primary focus is in the pesticide area, including conventional pesticides, biopesticides, and antimicrobial products, and includes products for use in agriculture, horticulture, indoor and outdoor residential settings, and on companion animals and livestock.

Having spent many years in industry and as a consultant, she is particularly adept in the proper use of scientific and risk assessment data to make or impact regulatory decisions, as well as developing strategies to reduce the time needed to begin marketing new products. Ms. Polakoff works to ensure the development of effective integrated regulatory, technical, business, and risk communication strategies. Ms. Polakoff helps clients respond to short-term crisis situations, and works with clients to incorporate long-term strategic regulatory considerations into corporate product and business development processes.

Ms. Polakoff also has extensive experience in the design, direction, and execution of innovative and guideline studies under FIFRA Good Laboratory Practice Standards (GLPs), including market basket surveys, occupational exposure studies, crop field trials and processing studies, residue and exposure mitigation studies, and the development of residue analytical methods.