Raquel is the Deputy Director for the National Institute for Civil Discourse. She provides strategic planning guidance and operational support to the organization. She also manages the organization’s public initiatives, including the Revive Civility campaign. She spearheaded development of the Institute’s Text, Talk platform, resulting in over 100,000 participants engaging in text-based, small group discussions on issues facing the nation.
Raquel has over 10 years’ experience in meeting facilitation and conflict resolution processes. She previously worked at the Udall Foundation's U.S. Institute for Environmental Conflict Resolution, where she provided mediation services, integrated collaborative technologies into conflict resolution processes and conducted training for conflict resolution practitioners.
Raquel holds a Master of Public Administration from the University of Maine and a Bachelor of Social Sciences from Unity College.