Rachel VerWys’ experience roots itself in a variety of communities from Southern California to Western Michigan.  She is the Co-Creator and Executive Director of SEE: Solutions to End Exploitation a collective impact organization which utilizes collective storytelling research locally and nationally, facilitates cross sector collaboration with the Kent County Area Human Trafficking Coalition, and strategizes for creative possibility to create a future free from human trafficking. She was recently honored by the Grand Rapids Business Journal as one of 50 Most Influential Women in West Michigan and 200 most powerful Business leaders. She has taught as an adjunct professor at Calvin University and consulted with organizations for strategic planning and community listening. Her formal education includes a BSW degree (Calvin University) and an MSW degree (University of Southern California) with an emphasis in community organizing, planning and administration. She has been a part of holistic community development on multiple levels, in her own neighborhood, city, and the broader community.

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