Rachel Waters is a lifelong writer, speaker, and advocate. Queer, non-neurotypical, and of Mvskoke-Irish ancestry, Rachel has dedicated her 15-year communications career to helping build a more equitable society in which the voices, perspectives, and rights of every person are valued and upheld. As Director of Communications at URGE: Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, she leads a team responsible for developing strategies that inspire action and advance reproductive and gender justice throughout the nation.
Prior to joining URGE, Rachel served as the Media Relations Manager at YAI and as the Executive Communications Manager at The Doe Fund. Throughout her career as a writer and speaker, Rachel focused on the intersections of indigenous survivance, environmental justice, and reproductive and gender rights. Her essays, op-eds, investigative reports, and scholarly articles have appeared in more than 30 publications including The New York Times, USA Today, The Huffington Post, Native Peoples Magazine, and the 2017 UN General Assembly report on environmental sustainability. Rachel has been a guest lecturer at CUNY’s Queensborough Community College and has appeared on Cosmopolitan.com and in The New York Times Op-Docs series to discuss reproductive rights and indigenous identity.
Rachel holds an M.A. in International Affairs from The New School and a B.A. in Communications-Journalism from Augusta State University. Born and raised in rural Georgia, Rachel has been a New Yorker since 2012. Today, she lives in Sunnyside, Queens.
Rachel uses she/her/hers pronouns.