Rachel Miller is a project assistant with the Pacific Regional Integrated Science and Assessment (Pacific RISA) program at the East-West Center, which supports Pacific islands and coastal communities as they plan for and adapt to climate variability and change. She is involved in a project exploring groundwater resource issues in light of a changing climate in the Pacific region, particularly focusing on the Pearl Harbor aquifer on O'ahu, Hawai'i. Prior to joining the East-West Center, Ms. Miller worked as a program administrator for a non-profit vocational training organization for at-risk youth in the Marshall Islands. She also spent a year as a volunteer teacher on a remote outer atoll of the Marshall Islands, living with a family and teaching at the local elementary school. For her master's degree in Pacific Islands Studies she wrote a thesis exploring the relationship between the Marshallese canoeing tradition and social change, and she is currently working on a video documenting the same topic. She also does freelance Marshallese translation.
Ms. Miller has spent a significant amount of time living in and studying the Pacific, including three years in the Marshall Islands, six months in Samoa, and shorter travels to a number of other Pacific nations including Fiji, Guam, American Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, and Australia. She received her B.A. in Anthropology from Vassar College in New York.