Rachel earned her MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business and is an MFA candidate at NYU Tisch. She is a Sundance 2020 Blackhouse Fellow. Rachel's interest in storytelling evolved through pursuits of perspectives in journalism and in government, in America and abroad. She has studied people through quantitative behavioral data and through their stories, and hopes to create films, commercials and music videos that highlight the different ways people come of age. Her work challenges expectations of race, family and addiction.
Prior to NYU, she served as a Presidential Innovation Fellow for the Obama Administration, learning about Veterans and their experience returning home. She worked as a data analyst within a consumer insights group at The New York Times. Rachel graduated from the University of Pennsylvania School of Engineering, where she studied Mechanical Engineering.
The award-winning short Broken Bird was Rachel's first film, and celebrated its World Premiere at the Berlinale International Film Festival 2020. Rachel earned Best Directorial Debut from the Heartland Indy Shorts Film Festival, and is excited to expand this story into her first feature.