Education has been an influential subtext to Rachel Brenan’s entire life. She was born to a college professor and high school Latin teacher, and, after vowing not to follow in their footsteps, joined Teach For America in 1998 following her graduation from Cornell University. Years of teaching in Newark, Jersey City, and Harlem opened her eyes to the struggles and successes of educating marginalized students, and eventually to pursue a Masters Degree at Teachers College at Columbia University. After moving to Roscoe Village with her husband and having two children of her own, this commitment to education compelled her to become involved with Girls Supporting Girls. She is proud of the work GSG has done in making education more accessible to children in poverty around the world as well as our local work with after school programs around Chicago. Rachel currently serves on GSG’s executive committee as vice president.

Rachel Brenan