Rachel Torres moved to Portland, OR from the Midwest. She grew up in a very rural area with corn fields in her backyard and uses her rural perspective in all her work. At a young age, Rachel was involved in grassroots campaigns in her small town and that began her desire for organizing work and learning more about social justice movements. Being of Latina background really drove her interest into racial justice and the history of racism in our public systems. Working with folx to dismantle these systems is Rachel’s passion and focus in life.
Rachel studied in St. Louis, MO and received her Associate of Arts degree. Her experience has ranged from working in her family’s funeral home business to being an archivist assistant to a social justice activist. Recently, she has enrolled in herbalism school and has really developed an interest in environmental work. Rachel is very excited to have an opportunity to be a part of the Center for Diversity and the Environment and to help create more diverse and inclusive leadership in the environmental movement by supporting CDE.