Rachel PereiraDoug Ward
Senior Legal and Policy Advisor
Rachel is a senior legal and policy advisor for EducationCounsel. She has experience in the education and legal industries having served as a teacher, school principal, prosecutor, and as an adjunct professor at three graduate schools. Rachel served the New Jersey Department of Education as a policy advisor and Confidential Assistant to the Commissioner of Education where she worked on a myriad of issues including school finance reform, school desegregation, diversity and inclusion, early childhood education reform, Title I school performance, teacher recruitment strategies, statewide student assessment and school evaluation reform. Rachel served as the Assistant Vice President for Institutional Equity of Vassar College where she directed all aspects of the Title IX Office and Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, CLERY Compliance, and employment related counsel. Rachel’s experience includes, among other matters, designing and successfully implementing faculty hiring diversity and inclusion programs; designing and implementing student support advisory councils and support resources for Title IX; mediation and conflict resolution between parties impacted by equal opportunity matters; First Amendment and academic freedom law and policy guidance; Fourteenth Amendment and other due process related law and policy guidance; crisis management and communication guidance; human resources guidance; enterprise risk management guidance; co-leading compliance management systems; providing legal and policy guidance on all aspects of employment matters, data privacy, managing outside counsel, and the variety of other issues impacting the operational, reputational, resource management and legal interests of higher education institutions.
Rachel served as an Assistant District Attorney at the Office of the Philadelphia District Attorney, and as a federal law clerk in the Southern District of New York for the Hon. George Daniels and as an intern in the Third Circuit Court of Appeals for the Hon. Julio Fuentes and Hon. Theodore McKee.