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WASHINGTON, D.C.— Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) Executive Director Kathleen Rest, a leading expert on public and environmental health, has joined the nonprofit funders’ network Rachel’s Network as a Leadership Liaison.

As executive director, Kathleen oversees UCS’ programs and operations, drawing upon a wealth of experience in government, academia, and the nonprofit sector to help guide the organization on issues ranging from climate change to global security.

During Kathleen’s time at UCS, the organization played a key role in passing landmark fuel efficiency standards for new cars and trucks, won significant international protections for rainforests, launched the Center for Science and Democracy, helped convince California to require that at least one-third of its electricity comes from clean, renewable sources by 2030, and much more.

“Good science must inform our environmental challenges and UCS serves as a beacon in an era of ‘alternative facts’ and corporate influence.” said Rachel’s Network President Fern Shepard. “Kathleen’s leadership has contributed to some of the most important environmental laws of the last decade, and UCS’ authoritative voice on science and policy.”

“As a member of the UCS’ National Advisory Board I have seen firsthand the dedication and hard work and genuine compassion Kathy puts into her job,” said Rachel’s Network Member Brigitte Kingsbury. “She is always thinking of what is best for UCS, and the people and world it works so hard to protect, defend and understand.”

Before joining the UCS staff in 2004, Kathleen served as acting director of the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, during the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and the anthrax scare that followed. Throughout her tenure at NIOSH, she held several leadership positions, including the deputy director for programs.

“I’m honored to join a group of women who care so passionately about making the world a better place,” said Kathleen. “Rachel’s Network members lead, inspire, and fund organizations working to protect and advance our health and the health of the environment. Their collective wisdom, voices, and power make a real difference, and I’m proud to be a part of this effort.”

Rachel’s Network Environmental Leadership Liaisons — women CEOs of influential national or international environmental nonprofits — provide high-level expertise and keep Rachel’s Network members connected to nonprofits that share our goals. This esteemed roster includes Rhea Suh, President of the Natural Resources Defense Council; Keya Chatterjee, executive director of the US Climate Action Network; and May Boeve, executive director of 350.org.

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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 and offers services that empower them to lead.

The Union of Concerned Scientists puts rigorous, independent science to work to solve our planet’s most pressing problems. Joining with people across the country, we combine technical analysis and effective advocacy to create innovative, practical solutions for a healthy, safe, and sustainable future.

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