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.