Rachel Healy is the Director of Communications at the ACLU of Maine. She has been with the ACLU since 2005, including five years in the national office, where she led communications efforts in the areas of free speech, privacy and technology, and criminal justice reform. In that position she managed the media components of the ACLU's John Adams Project, which provided legal assistance to detainees at Guantanamo Bay, and the organization's successful lawsuit at the Supreme Court challenging patents on human genes. She has authored opinion pieces for the New York Times, Washington Post, Huffington Post, and several other national and local outlets.
Prior to joining the ACLU staff, Rachel served as an AmeriCorps VISTA at the Portland Education Partnership, where she trained teachers, students and community organizations in the effective use of service learning. She was a merit scholar at the University of Texas at Austin, where she was a founding member of the Campus Coalition for Peace and Justice and earned a degree in English. She was born and raised in Maine.