Rachel Johnson was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. Rachel attended NYU-Tisch Maurice Kanbar Institute for Film & Television as a Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholar where she studied directing and screenwriting and produced films that went on to screen at many film festivals and win awards including the CINE Golden Eagle Award and an African Academy Movie Award. Rachel earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Film & Television Production with University Honors. While at NYU, Rachel also volunteered as a Tisch Mentor, Arts Rep Panelist, and completed service projects in Puerto Rico and Peru as an MLK Jr. Scholar. She began her work as an educational professional at the NYU Metropolitan Center as an advisor and mentor for NYC high school students. She continued her work as a multidisciplinary educator and advisor for various educational institutions including NYU Metropolitan Center, Creative Connections, and the City University of New York (CUNY). Rachel also founded New Ambitions, a youth development organization, where she directed and facilitated college access and success programming for students in New York City. Rachel holds an MA in Youth Studies from CUNY focusing on positive development, programming, and practice. Having participated in the NYU Focus Mentor program as an NYU student, Rachel currently volunteers as an NYU Focus Mentor for first-year undergraduate students who identify as first-generation college students and/or students of color. She enjoys screenwriting, theater, watching and making films, and she is an avid spinner!