Rae graduated from Barnard College at Columbia University with a dual degree in Environmental Science and Human Rights. She has a background in domestic violence prevention, as a survivor of domestic abuse, a public speaker and workshop facilitator, and a peer counselor. Rae has participated the UN Commission on Sustainable Development as a youth delegate in the non-profit sector. While studying at the Biosphere II program in Arizona, Rae co-founded Amig@s Naturales, a US-Mexico organization that forged friendships across the border to address water contamination. Rae co-led American Jewish World Service's youth delegations to El Salvador focusing on environmental justice issues in the aftermath of the 2001 earthquakes; she later took part in a regional peace and sustainability initiative with the Foundation for Self Sufficiency in Central America.
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