Venturing into the unknown, exploring new sights, and discovering new cultures have all been main themes in Rachel’s life. After growing up in Chicago, she moved out west to study Communications and Tourism Development & Management at Arizona State University. Upon graduating, Rachel backpacked Peru for a month and then started her career in the travel industry at Starwood Hotels & Resorts in Scottsdale, AZ. Wanting to discover other sectors of the travel industry, she eventually moved to Cusco, Peru to become a travel advisor and to feed her sense of exploration and adventure.

After moving back to the U.S., Rachel decided to settle in Seattle in order to be close to the mountains and ocean. She worked at Microsoft for 2 years as an event and meeting planner, but always knew she would return to the travel industry. Rachel has now been working at Virtuoso for over 3 years, currently as Account Manager for Virtuoso’s Cruise partners. She is very excited to share her travel experiences and knowledge from working in the travel industry for over 7 years as YTP-SEA’s new Director of Membership.