Rashida M. Weathers
Rashida M. Weathers is the laboratory director of the Drug Enforcement Administration’s Mid-Atlantic Laboratory, where she oversees a staff of forensic chemists and fingerprint specialists that provide forensic drug analysis and fingerprint examinations for federal law enforcement agencies in the District of Columbia, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia. Ms. Weathers has been employed by the DEA for over 15 years and has testified as an expert witness in forensic chemistry in Arizona, California, and the Northern Mariana Islands. She actively mentors and encourages youth, particularly those underrepresented in sciences programs, to pursue careers in science through her work with organizations such as the American Chemical Society, the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers, and the Committee on the Advancement of Women Chemists.
Ms. Weathers often speaks with youth and young adults at career fairs and job fairs to provide guidance on pursuing federal employment or careers in forensic science. A native of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Ms. Weathers has resided in Prince George’s County for eight years, where she is a member of the First Baptist Church of Glenarden. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry from Chestnut Hill College in 1995 and a Master of Science in Chemistry from Miami University in 1997.