Rachel Quednau is passionate about improving urban living, strengthening organizational communications and bridging divides in diverse communities. She currently serves as Program Director for Strong Towns—a national nonprofit helping communities become financially strong and resilient.  She also hosts the Strong Towns podcast: The Bottom-Up RevolutionTrained in dialogue facilitation and mediation, she is devoted to building understanding across lines of difference.

Previously, Rachel worked for several organizations fighting to end homelessness and promote safe, affordable housing at the federal and local levels.  Rachel also served as a Research Associate for The Pluralism Project.  A native Minnesotan and honorary Wisconsinite, Rachel has a Masters in Religion, Ethics and Politics from Harvard Divinity School and a Certificate in Conflict Transformation from the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium.  She currently lives in Milwaukee, WI with her husband Jack and two pet rabbits.