Anika Rahman

Chief Board Relations Officer

Anika Rahman serves as the principal contact for NRDC’s Board of Trustees and advises on key external relationships and special projects for NRDC’s president. Before joining NRDC in 2018, Rahman—a lifelong champion of human rights, women’s and children’s rights, reproductive rights, global economic development, and social and environmental justice—held leadership positions at the Center for Reproductive Rights, Friends of the United Nations Population Fund, the Ms. Foundation for Women, and the Rainforest Alliance. She also practiced law at Cleary, Gottlieb, Steen & Hamilton.

A lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, Rahman has received the Women’s eNews 21 Leaders for the 21st Century Award and Columbia Law School’s Lawrence A. Wien Prize for Social Responsibility. She was also recognized recently as “21 Desi Women Who Are Game Changers.” 

Rahman has written for the New York TimesCrain’s New York BusinessRewire,, Huffington Post, and the Dhaka Tribune. She is also the author of Female Genital Mutilation: A Guide to Laws and Policies Worldwide. Anika earned her bachelor’s degree from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and her J.D. from Columbia Law School.