After graduating from Brawerman in 2008, Rachel attended Marlborough School, where she played varsity soccer for four years and graduated as valedictorian. She then went on to Princeton University, where she majored in the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. At Princeton, Rachel was actively involved in the Center for Jewish Life, including as a student representative on the Board of Directors, and was a captain of the Women’s Club Soccer team. She received the Shapiro Prize for Academic Excellence and the R. W. Van de Velde Award, and she wrote her senior thesis on intergenerational economic mobility in Great Britain. Rachel graduated from Princeton in 2018 summa cum laude and as a member of Phi Beta Kappa. After graduating from Princeton, Rachel became an Analyst at the Princeton University Investment Company (PRINCO), which invests Princeton’s endowment. Rachel continues to be involved in the Princeton Center for Jewish Life as an alumni volunteer. Since starting at PRINCO, she has also started running and completed the Fall 2019 Princeton Half Marathon!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY FROM YOUR DAYS AT BRAWERMAN?
When I started in Kindergarten at Brawerman, the entire school, which then only had three grades, fit in a circle around the courtyard. My favorite memory is standing in that circle on Friday afternoons and singing Hashkiveinu. I think something that will always make Brawerman special is the sense of community, and those were moments when I really felt it.
HOW DID BRAWERMAN HELP PREPARE YOU FOR WHAT YOU ARE DOING NOW?
At Brawerman, learning about Judaism gave me a love of exploring and debating difficult questions. This helped prepare me to think creatively and engage with different points of view, which is something I do often at PRINCO when participating in investment decisions.
WHAT VALUES DID YOU LEARN AT BRAWERMAN THAT HAVE IMPACTED YOUR LIFE AS AN ADULT?
Brawerman instilled in me the value of tikkun olam, or repairing the world. I think this impacted how I think about my career. Part of the reason I joined PRINCO was because I knew my work would help pay for financial aid and research at Princeton. With each step in my career, I will continue to think about how I can make a positive impact and help others.