Rachel Haxtema lives and works in the beautiful green Pacific Northwest under the shadow of Mt. Rainier and near the edge of Puget Sound where she actually loves the rain and grey weather almost as much as she loves connecting people and participating in community-building efforts.
After braving the too hot summers and too cold winters in Michigan for undergrad degrees at Calvin College, a year in Central America (also too hot) learning about community development and studying Spanish, a year in Washington D.C. (way too hot and humid in the summer) working with Sojourners and learning about faith-based organizing and policy advocacy, a year in Switzerland (not bad but too far from home) working with international faith based service and justice efforts, and finally several years in the much too sunny Bay area of California for several years of graduate school (M.Div. and M.A. in Social Theory and Ethics) and work with environmental non-profits, she is so happy to be back in the perfect weather and outdoor setting of her homeland, the Puget Sound region of Washington state.
Currently, Rachel works part-time coordinating a new semester immersion program in the city of Tacoma for Pacific Lutheran University (www.plu.edu/ties). Devoting her time and energy to engaging the city of Tacoma with students has furthered and deepened her love for this place and she looks forward to incorporating more ABCD principles and practices in the program and in her other work with the Center for Community Engagement and Service at PLU as well as in her volunteer efforts with her church community, justice and advocacy efforts in immigration and environmental issues and becoming a better neighbor and community member.
Rachel is married to Zane and has an awesome 1.5 year old named Sam - they enjoy being outdoors on trails and beaches and gardening in the backyard.