Rachel Gilmer

Rachel outside with arms crossed wearing a black shirt

Rachel Gilmer is the Director of the Healing and Justice Center, a community-based public safety program in Miami working to reduce violence without the carceral system and build power for working class Black people. Rachel moved to Miami in 2015 to join the Dream Defenders, and was the organization’s Co-Director for six years, where she led campaigns and programming to build the power of Black and Brown young people across Florida. Rachel has 15 years experience in grassroots organizing and social change. She has worked in a variety of settings including community organizations, schools, prisons and government. Rachel served as the Associate Director of the African American Policy Forum. There, Rachel developed various campaigns to advance the needs of women and girls of color, including Say Her Name, focused on sharing the experiences of black women with police violence and Black Girls Matter, focused on raising awareness about Black girls’ experience with the school to prison pipeline. Prior to that, Rachel was an organizer in her home-state of Oregon and Director of Leadership Development for the Portland African American Leadership Forum, a coalition of Black leaders focused on building a unified, Black agenda in the city. Rachel organized a campaign to fight gentrification that resulted in a $20M increase towards affordable housing and the establishment of a right of return policy for Black residents who had been pushed out of their neighborhoods.