Rachel’s Network
Catalyst Award

The Rachel’s Network Catalyst Award celebrates women of color who are building a healthier, safer, and more just world. The application window for 2021 is now closed. Stay tuned in late 2021 for an announcement about the awardees.

Past Catalyst Award Recipients

Each year, the Rachel’s Network Catalyst Award provides women environmental leaders of color with a $10,000 prize; networking opportunities; and public recognition within the environment, philanthropic, and women’s leadership communities. If you’d like to invite one of the Rachel’s Network Catalyst awardees to be a speaker at your event, please complete this form.

Huda Alkaff | 2021

Huda Alkaff | 2021

Wisconsin

Amy Cordalis (Yurok) | 2020

Amy Cordalis (Yurok) | 2020

California

Maria Herrera | 2019

Maria Herrera | 2019

California

Tara Houska  (Couchiching First Nation) | 2019

Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation) | 2019

Minnesota

Alannah Hurley (Yupik) | 2020

Alannah Hurley (Yupik) | 2020

Alaska

Dr. Na’Taki Osborne Jelks | 2021

Dr. Na’Taki Osborne Jelks | 2021

Georgia

Brionté McCorkle | 2019

Brionté McCorkle | 2019

Georgia

Jennifer Nguyễn Moore | 2020

Jennifer Nguyễn Moore | 2020

Minnesota

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Dr. Virginia Necochea | 2021

Dr. Virginia Necochea | 2021

New Mexico

Mai Nguyễn | 2020

Mai Nguyễn | 2020

California

Christine Nieves | 2020

Christine Nieves | 2020

Puerto Rico

Leah Penniman | 2020

Leah Penniman | 2020

New York

Juliana Pino | 2019

Juliana Pino | 2019

Illinois

Doria Robinson | 2020

Doria Robinson | 2020

California

Daphany Sanchez | 2021

Daphany Sanchez | 2021

New York

Kerene Tayloe, Esq | 2020

Kerene Tayloe, Esq | 2020

District of Columbia

Heather McTeer Toney | 2019

Heather McTeer Toney | 2019

Mississippi

Jessica Guadalupe Tovar | 2020

Jessica Guadalupe Tovar | 2020

California

Dr. Nikki Traylor-Knowles | 2021

Dr. Nikki Traylor-Knowles | 2021

Florida

Vi Pangunnaaq Waghiyi (Sivuqaq Yupik) | 2021

Vi Pangunnaaq Waghiyi (Sivuqaq Yupik) | 2021

Alaska

Catalyst Award Finalists

Miho Aida | 2020

Miho Aida | 2020

California

Marlene Brito-Millán | 2019

Marlene Brito-Millán | 2019

Illinois

Imani Jacqueline Brown | 2020

Imani Jacqueline Brown | 2020

Louisiana

Chanté Coleman | 2020

Chanté Coleman | 2020

Maryland

Chandra Farley | 2020

Chandra Farley | 2020

Georgia

Kimberly Foreman | 2020

Kimberly Foreman | 2020

Ohio

Brooke Harper | 2019

Brooke Harper | 2019

Maryland

Jillian Hishaw | 2019

Jillian Hishaw | 2019

North Carolina

Jameka Hodnett | 2020

Jameka Hodnett | 2020

District of Columbia

Donna U. Hope | 2020

Donna U. Hope | 2020

New York

Crystal Huang | 2021

Crystal Huang | 2021

California

Michelle Martinez | 2020

Michelle Martinez | 2020

Michigan

Tamara Toles O’Laughlin | 2019

Tamara Toles O’Laughlin | 2019

Maryland

Amee Raval | 2021

Amee Raval | 2021

California

Amira Streeter | 2020

Amira Streeter | 2020

Oregon

LaJuan Tucker | 2020

LaJuan Tucker | 2020

Texas

Dr. Katia Avilés Vázquez | 2021

Dr. Katia Avilés Vázquez | 2021

Puerto Rico

Instituto para la Agroecología

Agnes Vianzon | 2020

Agnes Vianzon | 2020

California

Atiya Wells | 2021

Atiya Wells | 2021

Maryland

Carol Rashawnna Williams | 2020

Carol Rashawnna Williams | 2020

Washington

Venice Williams | 2020

Venice Williams | 2020

Wisconsin

Dan Xie | 2020

Dan Xie | 2020

Florida

Who is This Award For?

Women of color from all kinds of professional and advocacy backgrounds are encouraged to apply, but we will be prioritizing women at the midpoint of their career. While the list below is not exclusive, potential awardees might be:

  • Writers and poets documenting the beauty of our natural world
  • Organizers defending their communities, neighborhoods, and land
  • Educators nurturing young advocates
  • Farmers creating a just food system
  • Documentarians and journalists covering environmental injustice
  • Faith leaders communicating the moral imperative for change
  • Lawyers working to protect our air, lands, water, and wildlife
  • Champions of good nutrition, wellness, and health
  • Scientists, researchers, and academics helping us better understand our planet
  • Entrepreneurs creating social and economic change
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