Rachel leads research across a variety of projects at Aquaya, including the Water Quality Assurance Fund research in Africa sponsored by USAID (REAL-Water), the Hilton Foundation, and the Helmsley Charitable Trust.
Rachel has expertise in environmental health and epidemiology and has conducted water, sanitation, and hygiene research in Nicaragua, Haiti, and across Africa. Her doctoral work focused on occupational health risks for sanitation workers in cities lacking sewers. Rachel also founded and ran a water, sanitation, and hygiene social enterprise called Pit Vidura in Rwanda, which has fully transitioned to a local leadership team. Her postdoctoral work focused on the effects of climate change and wildfire smoke exposure on vulnerable Californians, including incarcerated populations and pregnant women.
Rachel holds a PhD and MPH in environmental health sciences from the University of California, Berkeley, and a BS in neuroscience and behavior from the University of California, Santa Cruz.