Linda Reinstein

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Linda Reinstein
Born (1955-12-28) December 28, 1955 (age 62)

Linda Reinstein (December 28, 1955, San Diego, California) is the co-founder of the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO), a nonprofit focused on asbestos awareness and preventing related diseases through education, advocacy, and community efforts.[1][2]

She became an activist after her husband, Alan, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2003. In 2004, she and Doug Larkin founded ADAO to reach out to those who have been affected by asbestos-related disease. Now serving as President and CEO, Reinstein has focused the power of the social networks to unite those affected by asbestos-related disease, and those fighting for a ban on asbestos in the U.S. and around the world. Since 2004, Reinstein has been a strong political voice for justice in every major asbestos-related issue. She has frequently served as a U.S. Congressional witness and has also presented testimony and educational briefings to lawmakers and staffers.


Recognized as an expert with nearly 40 years of nonprofit experience in building and sustaining grassroots organizations, Reinstein specializes in developing, implementing and leveraging integrated social media campaigns to a worldwide digital audience. In the past year, Reinstein has shared her expertise in social media at to audience in nearly 20 countries.

Global appearances and presentations[edit]

Speaking on behalf of ADAO, Reinstein has made numerous presentations throughout the U.S., and in South Africa, Japan, Turkey, Mexico, Thailand, The Netherlands, France, China, Italy, India, Brazil, Canada, Australia, Pakistan, Germany, and England. Reinstein is regularly invited to speak on behalf of the ADAO including at the following recent events:

  • United Nations Rio + 20 Peoples Summit: "The Future We Want is Free of Asbestos",[3] Rio de Janeiro, June, 2012
  • U.S. Senate: Environmental and Public Works (EPW) Hearings June, 2007 [4] and July 2013[5]
  • U.S. House of Representatives Hearing February 2008[6]
  • U.S. Congressional Staff Briefings:
  • U.S. Dept. of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration hearings in 2010[7]
  • TEDx, Manhattan Beach, California, 2010[8]
  • British House of Commons (2007)
  • California State Assembly’s Natural Resources Committee (June, 2010)
  • United Nations World Congress on Safety and Health at Work (2011 and 2014)[9]
  • International Mesothelioma Interest Group[10] (iMig) South Africa, 2014, Kyoto, 2010, Amsterdam, 2008
  • American Public Health Association[11] (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2017)
  • Global Health & Innovation Conference at Yale University,[12] (2012), (2013)[13](2015)
  • Asian Ban Asbestos Network (A-BAN) Conference (2009 Hong Kong) (2012 India)
  • Annual Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization’s International Asbestos Awareness and Prevention Conferences [14](2005-2018)
  • International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma[15] (2013) (2014) (2015)


For her work on behalf of asbestos victims, Reinstein has won the following awards: