Pallavi Phartiyal

Pallavi Phartiyal serves as the Deputy Executive Director at Rainforest Action
Network (RAN), a nonprofit organization that seeks to preserve forests, protect the
climate and uphold human rights. RAN achieves its mission by challenging corporate
power and systemic injustice through frontline partnerships and strategic corporate
campaigns including research and public pressure. Pallavi oversees the overall
management of the organization and guide RAN’s racial equity and justice
commitment in its operations, programs and campaigns.
Prior to joining RAN, Pallavi helped launch the Center for Science and Democracy at
the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), where she advocated for science-based
decision-making in the democratic system. Earlier, she was the project director and
senior program associate at the Research Competitiveness Program of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) where she worked with
research and policy professionals to provide review and guidance for higher
education academic institutions and federal agencies.
Pallavi holds a Ph.D. in cellular and molecular biology from the University of
Wisconsin-Madison, an M.S. in agronomy from the University of Missouri-Columbia
and a B.S. in agriculture from G.B. Pant University of Agriculture and Technology in
India. Pallavi has authored numerous peer-reviewed publications and spoken on
issues concerning science policy and diversity in the environmental movement at
national and international conferences. She serves on the steering committee of the
Center for Science and Democracy and on the board of Midwest Pesticide Action
Network.