NSF Intl. Appoints New Director of Legislative Affairs Office
Harold Chase brings more than 17 years of experience to new position
Global public health organization NSF Intl. appointed Harold Chase, former legislative assistant for U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, to lead NSF Intl.’s Legislative Affairs office on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C, which focuses on providing nonpartisan expertise to legislators on important public health and safety issues related to food safety, water quality, over-the-counter and pharmaceutical drug quality, dietary supplement safety, sustainability and environmental health.
In this role, Chase will provide legislators with education and technical subject matter expertise from NSF on a wide range of public and environmental health issues. This includes arranging and facilitating meetings with Washington leaders and monitoring new and emerging legislation issues related to public health. In particular, Chase will focus on legislation related to the Farm Bill, the Food Safety Modernization Act, requirements for ballast water treatment systems that reduce invasive species in the nation’s waterways, national standards for sustainable products and services, water reuse, treating drinking water for emerging contaminants, dietary supplement safety and use, and the Toxic Substances Control Act, among others.
Prior to joining NSF, Chase served as a regional representative and then legislative assistant to Levin. Chase advised Michigan’s senior senator on a wide range of issues, such as the passage of both the Farm Bill and the Food Safety Modernization Act. While serving the senator in Michigan, Chase worked on the protection of the Great Lakes from invasive species. He also coordinated appropriation requests, drafted legislation, amendments and floor statements, and was responsible for governmental affairs issues considered by the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee.
“The mission of NSF Intl. is to protect and improve human health, a mission we share with legislators, committees, regulatory agencies and personnel whose job is to do the same. Government officials play a critical role in NSF standards development, conformity assessment programs, training and technical services. Not only does Harold Chase understand the importance of this role through his work with Sen. Levin, but he also has the expertise necessary to expand NSF’s cooperation, collaboration and partnership with legislators on important issues that help them fulfill their public health protection responsibilities,” said Stan Hazan, senior director of Scientific and Regulatory Affairs at NSF Intl.
A native of Michigan, Chase earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Detroit Mercy.