Originally from San Diego and the surrounding southern California Areas, Rachel will sometimes slip and call it “the 5,” but she feels more like a misplaced Oregonian than a California girl. She came to Portland in 2007, a girl fresh out of high school and not quite 18, and fell in love with the city. She explored Portland through its coffee shops, restaurants, music, and theatre but still hadn’t finished school. So she moved to Corvallis not knowing anyone and finished up her BA in English from Oregon State University.
After writing for the Corvallis Advocate, working in several coffee shops, and volunteering at beer and wine events, she accepted an editorial internship from Portland Monthly Magazine and moved back to Portland. She excelled there, while re-learning Portland through its beer and wine, and was essentially poached to intern at Watershed Communications.
New to the world of Public Relations, Rachel hopes to learn all she can while working with professionals at the top of their field – her colleagues and superiors, and also Watershed’s talented clients. Boundlessly ambitious, Rachel hopes to absorb all the information Watershed has to offer, while applying her own focused work ethic and adding a little fun.
When she’s not working, you can likely find Rachel reading a book (fiction usually) at one of Portland’s many specialty coffee shops, taking or teaching a yoga class (vinyasa), or enjoying happy hour.
Growing up in Portland on the serene slopes of Mt. Tabor, Melibea developed a thirst for knowledge that continues with her to this day. A strong desire to learn more compelled Melibea to move across the country and attend Haverford College just outside of Philadelphia, PA. While enrolled at Haverford, she jumped at the opportunity to study in Barcelona; an experience that left her with a profound appreciation for thoughtfully prepared cuisine, especially seafood. After four quick years, Melibea obtained a degree in cultural anthropology with a concentration in peace and conflict studies. Following her education, she remained in Philadelphia to manage a clothing store. The experience gave Melibea a razor-sharp focus and attention to detail, along with valuable project management and interpersonal skills.
While studying, working and living away from home helped Melibea grow, Portland beckoned. In early 2015, she returned to the City of Roses and joined the team at Watershed Communications. Her quick wit and superb ability to communicate help the agency operate like clockwork. Melibea loves that she’s been able to rediscover Portland through her work.
If Melibea is not testing out the menu at a new food joint, she can likely be found attending a local music fest or hiking one of the area’s many trails — a hobby she enjoys most with canine companions. A warmhearted team player with a knack for creative problem solving, Melibea is thrilled to help our clients achieve their goals in the years to come.