Rachel is currently Co-Executive Director at NELCWIT, a sexual and domestic violence crisis center in western Massachusetts. Her professional experience spans a number of fields, including nonprofit management and operations, social science research, international education, risk and crisis management, and political campaigns. As a researcher, she has focused on gender, governance, and livelihoods in conflict and post-conflict zones, particularly in the Horn of Africa.
Rachel holds a B.A. from Macalester College in St. Paul, MN and dual MA degrees in urban and environmental policy and planning and international affairs from Tufts University and its Fletcher School.