Patty Adair is the Director of the Risk Management Group at the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). She is responsible for consumer product risk management in six program areas—chemical, flammability, combustion, children’s, electrical and mechanical. Adair joined the CPSC staff in 2004 as a Textile Technologist. She holds a B.Sc. in clothing, textiles and related arts from Virginia Tech, and a master’s degree in textile engineering from the Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science. From 1998 to 2003, Adair was on the staff of the American Textile Manufacturers Institute (ATMI). Before joining ATMI, she worked on a variety of regulatory issues at the National Cotton Council. From 1988 to 1991 she served as a US Peace Corps Volunteer in Botswana.