KEITH BELTON, Ph.D.
Keith Belton is a Of Counsel with HillStaffer, and brings over 25 years of public policy, regulatory, and advocacy leadership to clients in manufacturing, chemicals, and related areas. Keith is also the Founder of Pareto Policy Solutions, LLC.
Dr. Belton’s particular areas of expertise include environment, health, and safety regulations; the federal regulatory process, including Office of Management and Budget (OMB) review of significant regulations; regulatory analysis, including cost-benefit analysis and chemical risk assessment; the Toxic Substances Control Act; the Clean Air Act; green chemistry; and climate change.
Dr. Belton has amassed his knowledge and expertise working in the private sector, public sector, and nonprofit sector. He was formerly the Director of Government Relations at the Dow Chemical Company, where he directed federal government relations, energy and environment matters. Prior to that Dr. Belton was an Economist at the Office of Management and Budget, Executive Office of the President, where he served in the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) and was responsible for reviewing federal regulations and coordinating inter-agency review of regulations. Dr. Belton began his career working at both the American Chemistry Council and the American Chemistry Society. While at ACC he served as Director of Policy, Economics, and Risk Analysis and before that Director of Legislative Affairs, responsible for regulatory matters, cost-benefit analysis, and risk assessment and representing US chemical companies before Congress on environmental, health, and safety issues. While at ACS Dr. Belton was the Director of Government Relations and an Assistant Editor, focusing on environmental issues of interest to chemical scientists and engineers, in particular EPA risk assessment and the evolving science of climate change, and coordinating the peer review process for manuscripts.
Dr. Belton holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Maryland, and both an M.S. in Environmental Science and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the George Washington University. His doctoral dissertation focused on the influence of political appointees on federal regulatory agencies. He is a member of several professional associations, including the American Chemical Society, the American Economic Association, and the Association of Government Relations Professionals.