As the Digital Communications Manager, J. Rachel Reyes leads the creation, development, and implementation of dynamic digital strategies across all of The Opportunity Agenda’s online platforms and social media networks. Prior to this role, she served for seven years as the Director of Communications for the Center for Migration Studies of New York (CMS), a think tank and educational institute devoted to the study of international migration and public policies that safeguard the dignity and rights of migrants, refugees, and newcomers. Rachel, an attorney by training, brings significant experience in law and policy to her position at The Opportunity Agenda.
Throughout her career, Rachel has worked to advance human rights and social justice. Her experience includes: drafting motions with the Committee on Migration, Refugees and Population at the Council of Europe; advocating for refugee and internally displaced women at the United Nations; leading communications strategies to promote legal aid programs in Thailand, Tanzania and Ecuador; supporting research into death penalty sentences in Japan and India; assisting indigent persons living with HIV/AIDS and impoverished domestic violence survivors obtain pro bono legal assistance; and improving online access to news, resources and events surrounding issues of women, peace and security.
Rachel is the author of “Deliver Us from our Protectors: Accountability for Violations Committed by Humanitarian Aid Staff against Refugee Women and Children,” published in the summer 2009 edition of the University of San Francisco Law Review. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in rhetoric and classical civilizations from the University of California, Berkeley, a Master of Arts in international affairs (concentrating on conflict and security and governance and rights) from The New School, and a Juris Doctorate from the University of San Francisco School of Law. Rachel is licensed to practice law in the State of California.