Catherine Thomsen

Responded to "The Stakes are High" email with a 11-month Americorps program opportunity that may be of interest to TAC or wider community.


After working in Central America with the Peace Corps and USAID, Catherine wanted to address social justice and improve the health and wellness of Latino and other underserved communities. While working to prevent pesticide poisoning in Oregon, she lost a cousin to breast cancer. Then her best friend was diagnosed. They were both young, with small children. As the environmental and occupational epidemiologist for Oregon’s health department, Catherine began to focus on breast cancer. In 2006, she returned to the Bay Area to address environmental risk factors and disparities with the California Breast Cancer Research Program. She joined Zero Breast Cancer as Program Director in 2014 to educate and empower women and girls to use emerging science to reduce breast cancer risk and the chance for recurrence. Catherine received her Master’s in Public Health from Portland State/Oregon Health & Sciences Universities and her B.A. in international relations from Pomona College.