Rachel transitioned to the Executive Director of Carpe Mundi in March, 2018, after two years serving as the Associate Director. She has been involved with Carpe Mundi off and on since its inception in 2012, as a graduate student intern and as a volunteer. As the Associate Director, Rachel helped establish the PDXchange program, mentoring PDXchange cohorts in Portland and traveling with a group in 2017. As she transitions to the Executive Director role, Rachel is excited to create deeper relationships with the community and envision how Carpe Mundi will continue to grow sustainably into the future. Rachel is passionate about all things education, but particularly experiential education – making learning relevant and transformational for students. Through working and volunteering with various schools and educational nonprofits throughout North and South America, Rachel has experienced firsthand the benefits of making learning an interaction, rather than a transaction.
Rachel has lived in and traveled to over 20 countries and 40 states. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Rachel is excited to have a permanent home in Portland, although a piece of her heart will always be in Latin America. She holds a B.A. in Communications and Spanish from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA and an M.A. in International Development and Service from Concordia University in Portland.