Sarah Vogel

Senior Vice President, Health


Areas of expertise:
Environmental health, chemical safety, endocrine disruptors

Sarah works with a team of scientists and policy experts to protect health by reducing exposure to toxic chemicals.

Prior to joining EDF, Sarah worked as a Program Officer at the Johnson Family Foundation. At the time, she co-chaired the Health and Environmental Funders Network, a national alliance of foundations working on environmental health issues, and led a working group of funders investing in chemical policy reforms and opportunities for leveraging green chemistry development.


Sarah has frequently written and spoken to diverse audiences about the controversy over the chemical bisphenol A, or BPA, and the impact of new emerging science on regulatory policy. She is the author of the forthcoming book “Is It Safe: BPA and the Struggle to Define the Safety of Chemicals”, published by the University of California Press in December 2012.


Sarah received a Ph.D from Columbia University’s Center for the History and Ethics of Public Health and Medicine at the Mailman school of Public Health. She also holds a Master of Public Health and Master Environmental management from Yale University, and a BA from the University of Virginia.



Vogel, Sarah.  “Is It Safe?: BPA and struggle to define the safety of chemicals”, University of California Press, release date, December 20, 2012.  

Book Chapters

Vogel, Sarah.  “Of Baby Bottles and BPA” in Controversies in Science and Technology, 4th  volume. (under contract with Oxford University Press).    

Schug, T, Vogel, SA, Vandenberg L, Braun J, Hauser R, Taylor J, vom Saal F, and Heindel JJ. “Bisphenol A” in Dioxins and Health: Including Other Persistent Organic Pollutants and Endocrine Disruptors, 3rd Edition. Arnold Schector, ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., 2012. 

Peer-reviewed journals

Sutton P, Vogel S, Bero L, and Woodruff T.  “Conrad and Becker’s “10 Criteria” Fall Short of  Addressing Conflicts of Interest in Chemical Safety  Studies.” Environmental Health Perspectives, 2011 Dec;119(12):A506-7.

Vogel S and Roberts J. “Why The Toxic Substances Control Act Needs An Overhaul, And How To Strengthen Oversight of Chemicals In The Interim,” Health Affairs 2011 May; 30(5): 898-905.   

Vogel S.  “The Politics of Plastics: The Making and Unmaking of Bisphenol A Safety,” American Journal of Public Health 2009 Nov; 99 Suppl 3: S559-66.

Myers JP et al.,(including Vogel S), Why Public Health Agencies Cannot Depend upon ‘Good Laboratory Practices’ as a Criterion for Selecting Data: The Case of Bisphenol A,” Environmental Health Perspectives 2009 Mar; 117(3): 309-15.

Vogel S.  “From the ‘Dose Makes the Poison’ to the ‘Timing Makes the Poison’: Conceptualizing Risk in the Synthetic Age.” Environmental History 2008 Oct; 13: 667-673.

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