Rachel Garcia James grew up in Los Angeles, CA attending public schools in various districts. Experiencing the inequities first hand are part of what fuels her desire to create great schools for all students. Rachel spent most of her career in the non-profit sector in Los Angeles and the Bay Area. Most recently, Rachel spent two years at NewSchools Venture Fund supporting the office of the COO and managing other operations related projects. Previously, Rachel spent 10 years organizing high school and middle school youth around educational equity and justice issues in South Los Angeles with the Community Coalition. She also spent two years at the University of San Francisco as an Operations Manager for the Division of Student Life and the Executive Assistant to the Dean of Student Life. She earned a BA at Loyola Marymount University.