The American Cleaning Institute (ACI)

ACI Announces Nathan Sell as Senior Director, Sustainability

Nathan Sell
  • Experienced Environmental Scientist Appointed to New Role at Leading Cleaning Product Trade Group

The American Cleaning Institute (ACI) announced the appointment of Nathan Sell as Senior Director, Sustainability.

In this role, Mr. Sell will be responsible for leading, developing, and executing all facets of the ACI sustainability program, which began with an initial set of aspirational principles in 2004 and has evolved into a series of initiatives promoting and driving the sustainability progress of ACI members throughout the cleaning product supply chain.

Mr. Sell joined ACI in 2020, serving as Director of Regulatory Science, where he was responsible for the development and management of research strategies related to the safety of cleaning product ingredients, and served as a point of contact for ACI’s chemical management and regulatory programs and helped expand scientific understanding of ACI chemistry tools and technologies. Prior to his work at ACI, Mr. Sell held positions at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), where he was a Chemical Review Manager in the Office of Pesticide Programs, a Technical Writer and Editor for the Office of Science Coordination and Policy and an ORISE Research Participant in the Office of Water, where he worked on climate change adaptation and resilience.

Previously he was an Editorial Board Member for the University of Pennsylvania’s WH2O Journal and a Coordinator for the Initiative for Global Environmental Leadership (IGEL) at the Wharton School. He also served as a Corps Member for Teach for America in Philadelphia, PA.

“Nathan’s experience and expertise from working in the regulatory and cleaning product sectors, combined with his passion for sustainability, will allow ACI to build upon our recognized leadership throughout the supply chain,” said Dr. James Kim, ACI Vice President, Science & Regulatory Affairs. “Working with our member companies, Nathan will enhance and strengthen our bold collective to combat climate challenge and waste, through our 1.5° Challenge and Circular Packaging initiatives.”

Mr. Sell graduated Trinity College (Hartford, CT) with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Environmental Science, and holds a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies with a concentration in Environmental Sustainability from the University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA).

Learn more about ACI’s sustainability initiatives, here.

The American Cleaning Institute® (ACI – is the Home of the U.S. Cleaning Products Industry® and represents the $60 billion U.S. cleaning product supply chain. ACI members include the manufacturers and formulators of soaps, detergents, and general cleaning products used in household, commercial, industrial and institutional settings; companies that supply ingredients and finished packaging for these products; and chemical distributors. ACI serves the growth and innovation of the U.S. cleaning products industry by advancing the health and quality of life of people and protecting our planet. ACI achieves this through a continuous commitment to sound science and being a credible voice for the cleaning products industry.