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.

Amy Cordalis | 2020

Amy Cordalis | 2020

California

Tara Houska  | 2019

Tara Houska | 2019

Minnesota

Mai Nguyen | 2020

Mai Nguyen | 2020

California

Leah Penniman | 2020

Leah Penniman | 2020

New York

Kerene Tayloe, Esq | 2020

Kerene Tayloe, Esq | 2020

District of Columbia

Alannah Hurley | 2020

Alannah Hurley | 2020

Alaska

Jennifer Nguyen Moore | 2020

Jennifer Nguyen Moore | 2020

Minnesota

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Juliana Pino | 2019

Juliana Pino | 2019

Illinois

Heather McTeer Toney | 2019

Heather McTeer Toney | 2019

Mississippi

Maria Herrera | 2019

Maria Herrera | 2019

California

Brionté McCorkle | 2019

Brionté McCorkle | 2019

Georgia

Christine Nieves | 2020

Christine Nieves | 2020

Puerto Rico

Doria Robinson | 2020

Doria Robinson | 2020

California

Jessica Guadalupe Tovar | 2020

Jessica Guadalupe Tovar | 2020

California

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

Michelle Martinez | 2020

Michelle Martinez | 2020

Michigan

Amira Streeter | 2020

Amira Streeter | 2020

Oregon

Tamara Toles O’Laughlin | 2019

Tamara Toles O’Laughlin | 2019

Maryland

LaJuan Tucker | 2020

LaJuan Tucker | 2020

Texas

Agnes Vianzon | 2020

Agnes Vianzon | 2020

California

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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