Rachelle Galloway-Popotas is the Haas Institute’s Communications Director. Rachelle plans and executes the communications strategies and tools needed to bring the research of the Haas Institute and the faculty clusters to the media, community-based organizations, and policymakers.

Prior to the Haas Institute, Rachelle worked for 10 years managing communications at a large international development organization, East Meets West Foundation (now Thrive Networks) and before that, she managed member publications and online media at a San Francisco-based social justice and media advocacy nonprofit, a membership collective of independent publications such as Mother Jones, Harper’s, The Nation, In These Times, Tikkun and dozens more progressive and activist publications. 

Rachelle has spent the last 15 years working in nonprofit communications in the Bay Area. Her specialty is helping amplify the work of organizations through branding, design, defining an organization’s editorial voice, and building a communications structure that will support an organization's strategic vision. 

Rachelle got her start in communications for higher education at California State University, Sacramento, where she studied graphic design and then worked as a staff designer position for the Public Affairs office. Rachelle also holds a BA in Political Science and International Relations. Rachelle is a member of the Caddo Nation.