Hailing from the charming tourist town of Bishop, California, Rachel has always been a curious and passionate advocate of people and their stories. Rachel received her BA in Global and International Studies from UC Santa Barbara, and has spent the last 6 years gaining broad experience in communications and business strategy.
Rachel began her writing career as a journalist for the Santa Barbara Independent, where she became inspired by connecting to global stories. This led her to the Clinton Global Initiative, where she served as the primary liaison, linking entrepreneurial student projects to international grassroots movements around the world. For several years, Rachel served as a content strategy and fundraising consultant for numerous non-profits, start-ups, and corporations (including the International Rescue Committee, American Heart Association, Doctors Without Borders, Clorox and Darling Magazine). For the last three years, Rachel has been between San Francisco, California, and Monrovia, Liberia working on women and girls’ empowerment initiatives. During this time, she helped launch a social enterprise to support the first tuition-free, all-girls academy in Monrovia, created two vocational training programs and expanded the business operations of women rural makers in Salala, Liberia. Rachel hopes to continue to connect to the inspiring lives of those around her and use her skills to contribute to the advancement of women’s human rights.