Jessica Mauricio Price works as the Eco-Health Child Care® Program Manager. Through this position, she helps provide education and actionable and low- cost techniques that child care facilities can take to help protect their children and staff from hazardous substance exposures. Jessica received her B.S. in Biology from Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. Jessica decided early in her career to focus on helping prevent humans and animals from coming into contact with hazardous substances. She worked at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) for nine years. Her roles at TCEQ included Project Manager, Ecological Risk Assessor, and Natural Resource Trustee. Through these roles, Jessica was able to help oversee the removal of hazardous substances from the environment. And, if environmental damage were significant enough, Jessica and her Natural Resource Trustee colleagues would seek legal recourse to ensure the
protection of similar environmental habitats in perpetuity. Jessica left her role at TCEQ to attend Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas, where she received her M.S. in Environmental Toxicology. The Texas Department of State Health Services then hired Jessica. Jessica worked in the Health Assessment and Toxicology program for five years as a Health Educator and Information Specialist. In this role, Jessica facilitated communication between agency scientists and the community so residents could better understand how to protect themselves from exposure to hazardous chemicals. Jessica’s work interests now center around preventing childhood exposure to chemicals. She believes that if we protect our most vulnerable, children and pregnant and nursing people, we are stepping in the right direction of protecting society.