scientific & medical advisory board

The Honest Company has ambitious social impact goals, aiming to transform early learning environments where children spend the majority of their time and ensure youth have the education and training they need for successful adulthood.

To support these goals, The Honest Company has assembled a Scientific & Medical Advisor Board, bringing together thought leaders on the health and safety of children to advise and inform our philanthropic and social responsibility vision, provide ongoing guidance for this strategy, and most importantly, foster network building and dialogue that will strengthen the childcare field as a whole.

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    Deborah Frank

    Certified Nurse Midwife

    Deborah Frank is a certified nurse-midwife and the first CNM to be granted practice privileges at UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical...

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    Deborah Frank

    Certified Nurse Midwife

    Deborah Frank is a certified nurse-midwife and the first CNM to be granted practice privileges at UCLA, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and Saint Johns of Santa Monica. After receiving her nursing degree from Duke University and getting her masters degree in midwifery from Yale University, she came to Los Angeles where she has attended births at home, in birth centers, in small community hospitals and large urban medical centers. She was one of two nurse-midwives named to the board of Baby Center when it was conceived as the first website of its kind.

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    Dr. Cara Natterson

    Pediatrician and author of Worry Proof

    Dr. Cara Natterson, a graduate of Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is a respected pediatrician and the...

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    Dr. Cara Natterson

    Pediatrician and author of Worry Proof

    Dr. Cara Natterson, a graduate of Harvard University and the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, is a respected pediatrician and the author of several medical and parenting books. Her book Worry Proof won the Wall Street Journal award for best health book of the year. She recently published two more books: The Care and Keeping of You 1: A Body Book for YOUNGER Girls and The Care and Keeping of You 2: A Body Book for OLDER Girls, both published by American Girl.

    In addition to writing, Cara combines her years of training and expertise as a pediatrician in private practice with her own experience as a mom - giving parents real-life tips and suggestions for raising happy and healthy kids. She founded a pediatric consulting practice specifically aimed at helping parents and she is a featured expert and blogger for a variety of parenting websites.

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    Dr. Ricki Pollycove

    OBGYN and Board of Trustees American Society of Breast Diseases

    Ricki Pollycove is a board certified OBGYN, with a practice focused on comprehensive, integrative gynecology with a focus...

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    Dr. Ricki Pollycove

    OBGYN and Board of Trustees American Society of Breast Diseases

    Ricki Pollycove is a board certified OBGYN, with a practice focused on comprehensive, integrative gynecology with a focus on all stages of female life cycles. Disease prevention and wellness promotion are central in her roles as clinician and educator, incorporating evidence-based medical practice throughout her career. As the numbers of elderly women expands exponentially, Dr. Pollycove emphasizes risk reduction for the diseases of aging, including diabetes, heart and breast disease, benign and malignant.

    She is on the Board of Trustees of the American Society of Breast Diseases, a North American Menopause Society Certified Menopause Practitioner (NCMP), volunteer clinical faculty at UCSF, 1981 until 2012, and is committed to serving actively on the board of the California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco. She presents regularly at national conferences in women’s health, serves on multiple medical and menopausal advisory boards as well as TV, Radio and World Wide Web appearances. Her private practice is located in San Francisco and serves women, from adolescence through the 10th decade of life.

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    Dr. Thalia Farshchian

    Naturopathic Doctor, National College of Natural Medicine

    Dr. Thalia Farshchian is a licensed naturopathic doctor educated at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR...

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    Dr. Thalia Farshchian

    Naturopathic Doctor, National College of Natural Medicine

    Dr. Thalia Farshchian is a licensed naturopathic doctor educated at the National College of Natural Medicine in Portland, OR and trained in environmental health, particularly the impact of common chemicals on one's health. Her primary goal in care is to treat the cause of disease/symptoms, which often has environmental components including our food quality and products we use daily. Dr.Farshchian currently practices family integrative healthcare at Discover Health Medical Partners in San Francisco. She specializes in hormone disorders, digestive conditions, and environmental medicine using medical nutrition, herbal medicine, diet modifications, and lifestyle changes as treatment prior to pharmaceutical therapy implementation.

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    Dr. Asa Bradman

    Associate Director of Exposure Assessment of the Center for Environmental Research and Childen's Health at UC Berkley School of Public Health

    Dr. Asa Bradman is an environmental health scientist and expert in exposure assessment and epidemiology focusing on occupational...

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    Dr. Asa Bradman

    Associate Director of Exposure Assessment of the Center for Environmental Research and Childen's Health at UC Berkley School of Public Health

    Dr. Asa Bradman is an environmental health scientist and expert in exposure assessment and epidemiology focusing on occupational and environmental exposures to pregnant women and children. He co-founded the Center for Environmental Research and Children’s Health (CERCH) in the UC Berkeley School of Public Health and directs an initiative to improve environmental quality in California child care facilities. Dr. Bradman leads complex exposure and epidemiologic studies focusing on pesticides, flame retardants, metals, emerging pollutants, VOCs, indoor air quality, and other contaminants. He also participates in extensive community outreach and education and interfaces with other scientists, state and federal agencies, policy makers, and industry. He participates on several advisory bodies and was appointed by Governors Schwarzenegger and Brown to serve on the California Biomonitoring Scientific Guidance Panel. Dr. Bradman is providing his services to the Scientific & Medical Advisory Board on a voluntary basis, and has not been compensated for his role.

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    Jessica Donze Black

    RD, MPH, Clinical Dietitian at the Washington Center for Weight Management and Research

    Jessica Donze Black RD, MPH is a child nutrition expert with nearly twenty years of experience in clinical, community and policy...

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    Jessica Donze Black

    RD, MPH, Clinical Dietitian at the Washington Center for Weight Management and Research

    Jessica Donze Black RD, MPH is a child nutrition expert with nearly twenty years of experience in clinical, community and policy work focused on improving children’s health. She currently directs the Kids Safe and Healthful Foods Project - a joint initiative of the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – while serving as adjunct faculty at George Washington University and seeing patients at the Washington Center for Weight Management and Research. Prior to coming to Pew, Jessica served as the National Director of the Healthy Schools Program for the Alliance for a Healthier Generation where she lead a team of over sixty people in thirty-seven states who were helping schools make healthy and sustainable changes in their environments, policies, and practices. Jessica’s other past work includes serving as the first executive director of the Campaign to End Obesity, directing obesity initiatives for the American Heart Association, managing national nutrition policy for the American Dietetic Association, serving as a health policy fellow for Senator Jeff Bingaman, and practicing clinical nutrition at DuPont Hospital for Children. Jessica is a Registered Dietitian with a Bachelor of Science from the University of Wisconsin – Madison and a Master’s Degree in Public Health from the University of Maryland – College Park.

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    Yvette Sanchez Fuentes

    President, National Alliance for Hispanic Families and former Presidential Appointee, Director, Office of Head Start

    Yvette Sanchez Fuentes is the President, National Alliance for Hispanic Families and the former Director for the Office of Head Start at the...

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    Yvette Sanchez Fuentes

    President, National Alliance for Hispanic Families and former Presidential Appointee, Director, Office of Head Start

    Yvette Sanchez Fuentes is the President, National Alliance for Hispanic Families and the former Director for the Office of Head Start at the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) under the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She helped lead ACF’s critically important mission of enriching the quality of early childhood development for our nation’s most vulnerable children, expanding the Early Head Start program to serve 60,000 more children and families during her tenure. She has held roles at the Education Development Center, Zero to Three Literacy, and Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Farmworkers Collaboration.

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    Sam Kass

    Food Entrepreneur, Former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition

    Sam Kass is a Food Entrepreneur, and Former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition. In 2009, a newly elected...

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    Sam Kass

    Food Entrepreneur, Former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition

    Sam Kass is a Food Entrepreneur, and Former White House Chef and Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition. In 2009, a newly elected President Obama asked Sam to move from Chicago to the White House to continue his work as personal chef to the family. In 2011, Fast Company named Kass to their list of 100 Most Creative People, and in 2012, Kass helped create the American Chef Corps, which is dedicated to promoting diplomacy through culinary initiatives.

    Kass joined the White House kitchen staff under Executive Chef, Cris Comerford’s, leadership as Assistant Chef and, in 2010, became Food Initiative Coordinator. During his tenure inside the White House, Kass took on several additional initiatives including roles as Executive Director of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” campaign and senior White House Policy Advisor for Nutrition. In these capacities, Kass led the First Lady’s work to help America raise a healthier generation of kids in order to ensure they have the opportunity for long, healthy lives. As Senior Policy Advisor for Nutrition, he led Administration policy efforts on food and nutrition issues. Kass is the first person to in the history of the White House to have a position in the Executive Office of the President and the Residence.

    Kass is one of the First Lady’s longest-serving advisors, having previously served as Senior Policy Advisor for Healthy Food Initiatives. Kass helped the First Lady create the first major vegetable garden at the White House since Eleanor Roosevelt’s victory garden. To date, the garden has yielded thousands of pounds of produce that has been used to feed event guests, staff and the First Family at the White House. Further harvests are donated to local food shelters. In addition, Kass helped create the first beer to ever be brewed in the White House.