Rachael DeCruz is the Vice President of Policy at the new Race Forward. The new Race Forward is the union of two leading racial justice non-profit organizations: Race Forward and Center for Social Inclusion (CSI). Previously, she was the Racial Equity Project Manager and Government Alliance on Race and Equity (GARE) Network Manager at CSI. In this capacity, she managed the Puget Sound Cohort on Equity, Environment, and Infrastructure and the GARE Membership Network.
Rachael has extensive experience in both the nonprofit sector and philanthropy, and is deeply committed to racial justice. She comes to this position with a background in communications, multiracial coalition building, and organizing. Prior to joining CSI, Rachael was the Communications Manager at Pride Foundation—a community foundation focused on advancing LGBTQ equality in the Northwest. She has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Seattle King County NAACP for nearly five years.
From 2012-2013, Rachael was the primary author of Washington Community Action Networks’ annual “Facing Race” report, which highlights the impact of budget and policy decisions on communities of color in Washington. She lived in Portland, Maine before relocating to Seattle, Washington in 2011.