Senior Program Officer at Ramapo for Children
Rachel began her career working with young people as a counselor at Camp Ramapo in 1995. During her seven summers working at Ramapo, Rachel developed skills that continue to be fundamental to her work. Rachel graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in English and a commitment to supporting children facing challenges. She has worked in residential care, in the backcountry with Outward Bound, as an out-of-school-time program director for Good Shepherd Services and as a teacher and intervention specialist in the Oakland public schools. She has a Ph.D. in Social and Cultural Studies from the Graduate School of Education at the University of California at Berkeley as well as a master’s in Policy, Organization and Leadership Studies from Stanford University’s School of Education. Rachel’s dissertation focused on how the institutionalization of punitive and criminalizing disciplinary policies in New York City that disproportionately harmed students of color was influenced by resistance to school integration. Along with her first-hand experience supporting and learning from young people she also brings historical and organizational perspectives to her work with schools, community based organizations and Ramapo’s Rhinebeck campus based programs.
Senior Program Officer