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.