Rachel Strader has over a decade of experience in ocean conservation. She is 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. Her work to date has focused on New England and the U.S. West Coast, supporting ocean planning and sustainable fisheries. She joined the foundation in 2004 as a research fellow. Before that, she researched right whale ship strike management and fisheries policy in the Northeast.
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. More recently in 2016, she was a member of Vancouver Class 3 of THNK’s School of Creative Leadership, a program on design thinking approaches for social and environmental challenges.
Rachel is a volunteer with the San Francisco Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation, often helping out at Ocean Beach cleanups. She is also an artist, whose watercolor and printmaking projects are often 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 beginner breaks around San Francisco.