Rachel Peric works to ensure the success of Welcoming America’s programs and operations, and to engage individuals and organizations around the country who share Welcoming America’s passion for building understanding and positive interactions between U.S. and foreign born individuals.

Prior to Welcoming America, Rachel served as Executive Director of the Montgomery Coalition for Adult English Literacy (MCAEL), a capacity building and advocacy organization supporting adult ESOL and literacy programs in suburban Washington, D.C. Her career includes work spanning a number of social and community building issues at the local and international level, including serving as a regional director with the United Way of the National Capital Area and managing international development programs with a private consulting firm, Management Systems International (MSI). The granddaughter of Holocaust survivors, Rachel also serves on the board of Art and Remembrance, a nonprofit devoted to using the power of personal narrative in various forms of art to illuminate the effects of war and intolerance.

Rachel holds a B.A. in International Studies from Johns Hopkins University and a Masters in Public Management from the University of Maryland.