A Midwesterner at heart, Rachel grew up in Metro Detroit, went to college in East Lansing, and lived in "Ypsi" (Ann Arbor's funky neighbor) for a year before setting her sights on Seattle. An activist seeking to transform the narrative of prohibitionist drug policy, and a lover of the outdoors, it seemed only natural to get out to the State of Washington.
In 2019, Rachel completed her senior thesis, "Forcing the Pieces to Fit: The Puzzle of Psychedelics & US Drug Policy." She analyzed legal alternatives to the status quo, driven by the hope of a transformative future. During this time, the winds of change swept through the nation, with policy initiatives sprouting in Colorado and Oregon. Meanwhile, several scientific studies revealed the astounding potential of entheogens, capable of rewiring neural connections and literally, changing one's mind.
In the fall of 2021, Rachel's path intersected with Healing Equity and Liberation (HEAL), where she joined as a Development and Policy Consultant. It was here that fate playfully introduced her to two individuals: Chris and Graham.
At the start of 2022 and in collaboration with community leaders, Rachel co-founded the grassroots organization Responsible Entheogen Access & Community Healing of Washington (REACH WA). Their mission? To fully decriminalize entheogenic plants and fungi in Washington by 2024. Later that same year, Rachel joined Terrapin Legal, Fireside Project, and the Psychedelic Bar Association.
Rachel is excited to jump aboard Calyx’s amazing team! She is particularly looking forward to diving into the intricate world of patents and discover how they can be wielded creatively within the system. Rachel envisions a future where patents become instruments of collaboration, enabling people to work together, share benefits, and ensure accountability for the greater good.
Healing Equity and Liberation (HEAL)
Community-Based Research and Engagement, Summer Study Abroad & Internship Program, Huamachuco, Perú (2018)
Michigan State University, B.A., International Relations & Comparative Cultures and Politics (2019)
Memberships & Passion Projects
Founding Member, Psychedelic Bar Association (Steward, Religious Use Committee)
Psychedelic Peer Supporter, Fireside Project
Co-Director, Responsible Entheogen Access & Community Healing (REACH) Coalition of Washington