Pallavi serves as the Deputy Executive Director at RAN. In this role, she oversees the overall management of the organization and guides 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 policy-making. 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 academic institutions and federal agencies, including on diversity in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) higher education.

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 board of American Rivers, and on the steering committees of Green Leadership Trust, and Center for Science and Democracy. Previously, she served on the board of Midwest Pesticide Action Network.