Rachel joined the Asylum Access Board of Directors in early 2018. She is a freelance researcher and writer/editor based in western Massachusetts, after having spent five years in Boston as a Researcher at the Feinstein International Center at Tufts University, where she studied governance and livelihoods among conflict-affected populations in East and West Africa.
Previously she worked in international education and risk/crisis management for American Jewish World Service and World Learning, as well as spending an early post-college stint at an immigration law firm in Minneapolis, where she developed great respect for good immigration lawyers while realizing that she didn’t want to be one. Rachel is also active in local organizing with several environmental justice nonprofits, the Pioneer Valley Workers Center, the local and national Women’s March, and as co-coordinator of a local anti-oppression and anti-racism group (Not In Our Town-Greenfield, MA) as well as a yearly skill-share weekend in New Hampshire (Epic Skill Swap).
Rachel graduated cum laude with a B.A. in History and International Affairs from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and earned simultaneous MALD and MA degrees in international affairs and urban and environmental policy and planning from Tufts and its Fletcher School.