President Emeritus and Advisor
Ernie Rosenberg joined the American Cleaning Institute in November 1999, serving as President & CEO until 2017. Ernie has been a senior environmental, health and safety manager both in government and the private sector since 1975, beginning as the chief of staff for EPA’s automotive emission control and fuel economy programs. He then became first chief of the new chemical (premanufacture) review program under the Toxic Substances Control Act and Acting Deputy Director of the Chemical Control Division.
In addition to his EPA experience, he has been Vice President for Health, Environment and Safety in the Occidental Petroleum Corporation’s Washington Office; Senior Vice President of an environmental issues management consulting firm; and director for HE&S External Affairs for the former Atlantic Richfield Company (now absorbed by other companies). The businesses he represented in all three jobs included chemical manufacturing, mining, oil and gas production, and refining.
He was deeply involved in the passage of the 1990 Clean Air Amendments and worked on amendments to Superfund, RCRA, the Energy Policy and Conservation Act and numerous federal and state regulations.
Ernie has chaired, co-chaired or founded numerous industry coalitions and association committees and has authored or co-authored many articles for legal, business and technical journals; contributed to several books and is a frequent speaker on environmental issues. He served on the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers and as a director and Chair of the NAM’s Council of Manufacturing Associations. For several years has chaired the International Product Policy Work Group of the U.S. Council for International Business, representing US business to the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation Chemicals dialogue, the International Conference on Chemicals Management under the UN’s Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management.
He serves on the boards of directors of the Canadian Consumer Specialty Products Association, and has served on the boards of directors of the Environmental Law Institute and the Alliance for Chemical Awareness.
Ernie has a J.D. degree from the New York University School of Law and an undergraduate degree from the University of Rochester.