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Brand, Rachel

Rachel Brand

Postdoctoral Fellow, CFIE

Rachel (she/her) comes to the Center for Food Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CFIE) with many years of research and teaching experience in the fields of environmental studies, food systems education and community engaged learning. Rachel has taught students of all ages in various settings ranging from classrooms to school gardens and community kitchens, to redwood forests. Before joining CFIE, Rachel spent the past decade as an adjunct professor and program director in the Urban Agriculture program at the University of San Francisco (USF). While teaching at USF, Rachel developed an innovative curriculum to address pressing food systems issues in higher education. Rachel incorporates critical pedagogy and human rights education into all aspects of her teaching and curriculum development. 

Rachel is currently finishing her doctoral work at the University of San Francisco, where she will receive her EdD in the International and Multicultural Education program in Spring 2023. Rachel's research looks at food insecurity on college campuses, and how participatory action research methods can help center students in the solutions to community problems. At CFIE, Rachel will continue her research in food insecurity, as well as looking into other existing issues in the global and local food systems.