Rachel Kriegsman was born and raised in North Carolina. From a young age, Rachel had a passion for the environment and could often be found pursuading friends, family, and classmates to take on environmental inititatives to better their community. Rachel earned her BA in Peace Studies and Environmental Studies from Goucher College, where she focused her research on the intersection of food systems and peace & conflict.
In September, Rachel will join the Carolina Farm Stewardship Association in Pittsboro, NC as their Development Coordinator. Most recently, she spent the summer running outdoor-education programs at a summer camp in the Great Smoky Mountains of north Georgia. Before the summer, Rachel spent the previous seven years in Washington, D.C. with the League of Conservation Voters (LCV), the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), and the Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families Coalition (SCHF) working in environmental policy and advocacy. In a full-circle moment, Rachel had the privilege of seeing President Obama sign The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act into law -- an update to the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 that she advocated for during her work with SCHF.
Rachel has also had the unique opportunity to work on small, sustainable farms in both California and Maryland as an environmental educator and a farmer.
Sustainability Reporting and Certification, Supply Chain, Corporate Social Responsibility, Sustainable Agriculture, Climate Change
Master of Environmental Management
Nicholas School of the Environment
Duke University, Durham, NC
Concentration: Environmental Leadership
Certificate: Environmental Communications
Bachelor of Arts
Majors: Peace Studies, Environmental Studies
Masters Project: Supply Chain Management – Enhancing ESG Policies and Performance for an Infrastructure
Investor Client: JP Morgan Asset Management
Expected Publication: April 2019
Client Project: Sustainability of Service Wear
Client: BonApetit Management Company
Collaborated with three other students to produce a report for BonApetit identifying criteria to assess the sustainability of service-wear options for dining halls and cafes across the country. Applied the assessment to a mix of product options currently available to the company. Formulated a set of recommendations for the most sustainable next steps.
Expected Publication: April 2018
Development Coordinator, Carolina Farm Stewardship Association, Pittsboro, NC
Promote sustainable agriculture and fair food for all by sharing farmer success stories across the Carolinas. Present
Special Assistant to the President and Liaison to the Board, League of Conservation Voters, Washington, DC
Liaised between the president, board of directors, and principal donors to mobilize bespoke donor events, retreats, and special briefings. Efficiently directed complex agendas and timelines for 8 committees of the board. Advanced LCV’s commitment to diversity and inclusion by instituting monthly salons and reading lists on topical racial and environmental justice issues. 2014 - 2017
Climate and Energy Program Assistant, Union of Concerned Scientists, Washington, DC
Co-authored report evaluating cable-news networks’ portrayal of climate science that was covered by the New York Times, Slate, the Guardian, with #1 Reddit appearance. Analyzed data for 7 additional reports. 2013 - 2014
Researcher, Terra Global Capital, Washington, DC
Researched climate-change adaptation strategies for USAID grants addressing food security. 2013
Environmental Educator and Farmer, The Pearlstone Center, Reisterstown, MD
Developed curricula integrating ecology and environmental awareness for 400 annual student and community visitors. 2012
Fellow, Urban Adamah Farm/Lifelong Medical Care, Berkeley, CA
Strengthened the partnership between Urban Adamah and Lifelong Medical Care to bring fresh produce directly to marginalized community members. 2011
Campaign Associate, Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families, Washington, DC
Influenced and engaged >300 partner organizations to work in coalition on federal and state toxic-chemical reform. Organized coalition actions and briefings on Capitol Hill, including 2-day lobby event with actress and spokeswoman Jessica Alba. 2010-2011
Huertas, A. and R. Kriegsman. Science or Spin? Assessing the Accuracy of Cable News Coverage of Climate Science. Cambridge, MA: Union of Concerned Scientists, 2014. “We Can Fix Our Broken Climate Debate.” Editorial. Roll Call, 21 April 2014, p. 12.
Teaching Assistant, Nicholas School Communications Studio
Board Member, Diverse and Inclusive Community for the Environment
Board Member, Duke Wellness Garden
Business / Industry
Entrepreneur / Start-up
Research Institute / Think Tank