Program Director, Br. David Darst Center
Rachel Lyons is passionate about building authentic relationships and staying rooted in the values of equity, justice, love, and accompaniment. She currently serves as the Program Director at the Br. David Darst Center, a social justice education center for youth and young adults located in the Bridgeport neighborhood of Chicago. Rachel is also a member of the Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ) Chicago chapter, serving in various roles since the chapter started in 2015. Additionally, she volunteers with a collective mutual aid network offering daily support to anyone released from Cook County Jail. She is grateful for the seeds planted along the way, including her time in the Jesuit Volunteer Corps (JVC). She was also deeply formed by living in intentional communities during JVC, JVC Magis, and for two years as a member of the Emmaus House Catholic Worker in North Lawndale. Rachel is originally from Sioux Falls, SD, and has called Chicago home since 2013. She holds a BA in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis (‘08). She earned her MA in Social Justice and Community Development from Loyola University Chicago (‘15) through the JVC Magis program, a values-based scholarship program. Rachel is usually riding her bike, planning a camping trip with her partner, and taking care of plants.