Rachel Strader is a conservation strategy consultant, artist, and science illustrator. She has over a decade of experience in ocean conservation, and is a recent graduate of CSU Monterey Bay’s natural science illustration program. She uses this combination of skills to help inspire understanding, appreciation, and protection of our important coastal places.
Prior to her independent work, Rachel was a program officer and founding designer of the Marine Conservation Initiative at the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, developing strategy, grants, and partnerships for a healthy and resilient ocean in the U.S., particularly around ocean planning and sustainable fisheries. Rachel earned a B.S. in biology from Union College and a Master of Environmental Management from Duke University’s Nicholas School of the Environment.
Rachel is a volunteer with the San Francisco Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, often helping out at Ocean Beach cleanups. Her watercolor and printmaking projects are inspired by nature. Rachel learned to surf a few years ago, and she enjoys both the challenge and excuse to spend time on the water. On weekends, she can be found having fun at one of the gentler breaks around San Francisco.