Silent Spring Institute announces new board chair

January 9, 2018

Silent Spring Institute’s Board of Directors has elected Patti A. Stoll of Newton, Mass., as their new chair. Stoll joined the Institute’s board in 2015. She currently serves as the Director of the Women's Brain Institute at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.

Silent Spring Institute is a nonprofit scientific research organization focused on the environmental causes of breast cancer. The Institute’s groundbreaking science has led to stronger policies that protect consumers from dangerous chemicals that affect health, while its scientific leadership has helped make breast cancer prevention a national research priority.

“Silent Spring is extremely fortunate to have such an experienced and talented person as its new board chair,” says Executive Director Dr. Julia Brody. “Patti has a strong track record in leadership and a deep passion for breast cancer prevention.”

Stoll has spent her career developing major new initiatives in both nonprofit and corporate sectors. Prior to joining Brigham and Women’s Hospital, she was Assistant Vice Dean for External Relations at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and the Deputy Director of the Harvard NeuroDiscovery Center at Harvard Medical School. Before joining the healthcare arena, Stoll worked for 25 years in the financial services industry. She is a graduate of Colby College and earned an MBA at Cornell University.

“Serving as chair and supporting Silent Spring as we work to identify the preventable causes of breast cancer is a tremendous honor,” says Stoll. “I look forward to working with the board and all of our supporters to accelerate progress toward a future where no one gets breast cancer because of toxic chemicals in our environment.”

Stoll replaces long-time board chair Cynthia Barakatt of Boston University’s Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. Barakatt will continue to serve as a board member. “Cynthia’s vision and leadership helped strengthen Silent Spring’s role as a national leader in cutting-edge environmental health research,” says Brody. “We are grateful for her years as chair, and we look forward to the organization’s next phase of growth.”

About Silent Spring Institute:

Silent Spring Institute, based in Newton, Mass., is a leading scientific research organization dedicated to understanding the links between chemicals in our everyday environments and human health, with a focus on breast cancer. Founded in 1994, the Institute is developing innovative technologies to accelerate the transition to safer chemicals, while translating its science into policies that protect health. For more information, visit