Sylvia Tognetti returns to the Academy as a Senior Advisor for the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement Project. In 2000, she worked briefly with the Academy as a Research Associate in the final stages of a study of innovation in environmental protection at the EPA. She also teaches World Physical and Cultural geography courses as an adjunct professor at the University of the District of Columbia Community College.
Prior to attending graduate school, she held positions at the National Academy of Sciences - National Research Council, and the former Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. Since completing an MA in geography at the University of Maryland, she has consulted with a variety of non-profit and multi-lateral organizations as well as a private firm on matters of science and policy associated with land and water and climate change. Her work resulted in several reports and publications, including a chapter in the Millennium Ecosystem Assessment, for which she served as a lead author. She also held a position with the World Resources Institute's Food, Forests and Water program, Natural Infrastructure for Water initiative, helping to build the case and develop strategies for increased public and private investment in conservation and restoration of forests, wetlands and other ecosystems for their natural infrastructure values.