Thu Pham announced she will step down as president of Rachel’s Network, a nonprofit devoted to the environment, philanthropy, and women’s leadership. Pham will continue as president during the search for her successor.

“Rachel’s Network is deeply intertwined with my life,” said Pham. “I’m so proud to have had the opportunity to work alongside this incredible community of women. With the approval of our Vision 2020 strategic plan, the continued energy of our membership, and the Network in a strong, stable position, I am confident this is the right time for me and the organization to make a change.”

Pham joined the Network in 2001 as membership director. She then became program director & chief operating officer, and has been the organization’s executive director & president for the past five years. Pham plans to remain involved with Rachel’s Network as a member.

“As the Network’s first staffer, Thu has been the backbone of our community since its inception,” said Rachel’s Network Board Chair Kathy Borgen. “She has witnessed – and helped shape – our evolution to an influential corps of change-makers.”

Under Pham’s leadership, Rachel’s Network created a fellowship to support women environmental innovators, produced an investigative report on toxic chemicals, supported an initiative to reduce the use of antibiotics on farms, helped recruit women for public office, amplified women’s voices on boards, and much more.

The Rachel’s Network Board of Directors has formed a search committee with the aim of naming a new president in June. For more information on the position, or to apply, click here. The deadline for applications is April 22.


Rachel’s Network, a nonprofit organization named in Rachel Carson’s honor, promotes women as impassioned leaders and agents of change dedicated to the stewardship of the earth. The Network builds productive alliances among members – influential philanthropists who range over 60 years in age and span the US – and offers services that empower them to lead.

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