Rachael hails from Fairfield, CT. She holds a B.A. in studio art from Yeshiva University, an M.S.W. in community organizing from the Wurzweiler School of Social Work, and an M.F.A. from Parsons in systems design for social change. From a young age, Rachael knew she wanted to be an inventor and bring new creations into the world. The leadership skills that she gained during her college and graduate school years – from her role as president of the Stern student body to senior leadership positions at Camp Nesher – enabled her to synergize her creativity and people skills. Rachael self-identifies as a ‘Destigmatist,’ using her design background to approach taboos and reduce stigmas and biases. Rachael is passionate about productive discomfort, fostering connection through humor, making complex concepts accessible, and ensuring that the voices of female-identified and LGBTQ individuals in the Jewish community are heard and celebrated. Rachael is the assistant director of JQY (Jewish Queer Youth), a nonprofit that supports and empowers LGBTQ youth from Orthodox homes – where she coordinates the JQY Teen Drop-in Center, and oversees strategic planning, marketing, outreach, and creative campaigns. She lives in Washington Heights where she is involved in The Beis Community. Rachael is an Eighteen:22 fellow and was recently featured in the Jewish Week’s 36 under 36 for her innovative work with LGBTQ Jewish youth. She is continuously brainstorming ways in which to use her paintbrush, and all other tools in her kit, to make the Jewish community more inclusive and colorful.