Linda Reinstein

President/CEO and Co-Founder, Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

Linda Reinstein

Linda Reinstein became a public health activist after her husband, Alan, was diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2003. Her search for answers regarding his exposure and treatment options led her to the realization that she and Alan were far from alone. In 2004, she co-founded the Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO) to increase international education, advocacy, and community initiatives regarding asbestos exposure.

Now serving as President and CEO, Reinstein has harnessed the power of social networks to instantly unite those affected by asbestos-related disease and those fighting for an international ban on asbestos. Since 2004, Reinstein has been a strong political voice for justice in every major asbestos-related issue. She frequently serves as a U.S. Congressional witness and has presented persuasive testimonies, presentations, and keynote speeches over 100 times at events around the world. She has received many prestigious awards and recognition for her international efforts.

Focused on asbestos disease prevention, Reinstein’s proficiency in the powerful advocacy space of online media has greatly increased the effectiveness of ADAO’s core mission of education, advocacy, and community support actions. She has been awarded many prestigious awards and recognition.

Today, she is heading the extensive organizational efforts behind the upcoming 12th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference. You can reach Reinstein through her social media networks.

Current Experience

Explore my professional history and get to know the companies I worked at and the roles and responsibilities I've been assigned.

01 / 2004 Current

Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization (ADAO)

President/CEO and Co-Founder

01 / 2002 01 / 2003

Manhattan Beach


1977 2001

American Airlines

Flight Attendant


Take a look at a few of my favorite projects I’ve started or been a part of during the course of my career.


Public Health

Social Media

Huffington Post: 50 Over 50: Giving Back Series, 2014

Stevie Award in the Company of the Year Non-Profit or Government Organizations, June 2013

The Global Impact Award, Independent Asbestos Training Providers (IATP), January 2013

Bruce Vento Hope Builder Award, Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, July 2011

The Heart and Soul Award Manhattan Beach Women in Business Association, April 2005

View more View less

Speaking Engagements

2015 Presentations:

December 2015: “Research and Advocacy Initiatives to Curb The Health Impacts of Environmental Contaminants", Unite for Sight, Yale, CT

November 2015: "Global Burden of Asbestos", Asbestos Safety and Eradication Agency (ASEA), Brisbane, AUS

November 2015: "Asbestos Public Health Campaigns and Disease Prevention Movements in the 21st Century”, 143rd American Public Health Association’s Annual Meeting and Exposition, Chicago, IL

October 2015: “Asbestos: The Human Cost of Inaction", Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, MA

October 2015: “Leveraging Social Media for Success and Social Good”, Southland Technology Conference Long Beach, CA

October 2015: Symposium & Exhibit Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of the birth of Dr. Irving J. Selikoff, Mt. Sinai, NYC, NY

July 2015: “Asbestos: Impact on Consumer Safety, Public Health, and Asbestos Victims’ Civil Rights”, 8th ADAO Congressional Staff Briefing, Washington, DC

July 2015: Mesothelioma Action Day, London, England

June 2015: "OSH Perils Workers Face without an Asbestos Ban",National Council for Occupational Safety and Health National Conference,Baltimore, MD

May 27, 2015:“The Human Cost of Inaction”,European Asbestos Forum 2015,Amsterdam, Netherlands

May 2015: “Asbestos: Shattered Lives and Broken Dreams”, European Asbestos Forum,Amsterdam, Netherlands

May 2015:"The Fight against Asbestos and Mesothelioma: The Human Cost of Inaction”,5th International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma,Santa Monica, CA

April 2015: "Badges, A Memorial Tribute to Asbestos Workers",American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations’ Earl Dotter photography exhibit,Washington, D.C.

April 2015: “Where Knowledge and Action Unite”,ADAO 11th Annual International Asbestos Awareness Conference,Washington, D.C.

March 2015:Senators Barbara Boxer and Ed Markey’s Press Conference,Washington, D.C.

March 2015:“Asbestos: Still Legal. Still Everywhere”,EWG Congressional Briefing,Washington, D.C.

February 2015:“Asbestos: The Human Cost of Inaction”,Professional Abatement Contractors of New York (PACNY),Verona, NY

January 2015:“Global Asbestos Challenges and Progress in the 21st Century”,World Congress (ADAO sponsored this event),Karachi, Pakistan

2014 Presentations:

November 2014: “History and Impact of Asbestos on OHS in U.S. and Internationally”,American Public Health Association’s (APHA) 142th Annual Meeting and Exposition,New Orleans, LA

November 2014:“The Importance of Building and Sustaining Strategic Global and Domestic Partnerships”,1st International Conference on Asbestos Awareness and Management,Melbourne, AU

October 2014:“The Importance of Supportive Resources for Mesothelioma Patients and Caregivers”,International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig) Conference,Cape Town, South Africa

October 2014:“Social Advocacy: Where Knowledge and Community Unite”,International Mesothelioma Interest Group (iMig) Conference,Cape Town, South Africa

August 2014:“Challenges and Progress in Increasing Worker Safety and Mitigating Asbestos Exposure in the USA”,20th World Congresson Safety and Health “Asbestos in the Americas” Symposium,Frankfurt, Germany

July 2014:“Asbestos: Impact on Public Health and the Environment”,ADAO U.S. Senate Staff Briefing,Washington, DC

July 2014:“Turning Tragedy into Advocacy: One Woman’s Fight to Ban Asbestos”,The Women’s Trial Lawyer Caucus holds a Leadership Summit,Baltimore, MD

May 2014:“Asbestos: From Magic Mineral to Killer Dust",Izmir, Turkey

May 2014:“Staying Focused and Energized in the Fight Against Asbestos and Mesothelioma”,4th International Symposium on Lung-Sparing Therapies for Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma,Santa Monica, CA

April 2014: “Where Knowledge and Action Unite:",10th Annual International Asbestos Disease Awareness Organization Conference,Washington, DC

April 2014:“Global Asbestos Action: When Knowledge and Power Unite”,Canadian Mesothelioma Foundation,Toronto, Canada (via Skype)

February 2014:“Asbestos: Exposing the Truth”,World Ban Asbestos Congress (Via Skype),Karachi, Pakistan

February 2014: “Lung Cancer Research: Beyond the Bench in the 21st Century”,Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC), Toronto, Canada


Get in touch with me if you would like to do business together, share an idea or just say hello.

Thank you, your message has been successfully sent!

Error sending message, please try again!