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Rachel Cherry is a freelance software engineer and consultant with with over ten years experience in back and front-end web development and digital design. Her main areas of focus include accessibility, higher education, and WordPress.

Previously, Rachel was a Senior Software Engineer for Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media and helped build a variety of Disney websites on various platforms, including shopdisney.com.

Before Disney, she spent over nine years working in higher education and is the Director of WPCampus, a community and conferences focused on using WordPress in the world of higher education.

Rachel enjoys building an accessible, open web and is fond of using WordPress. She is a maintainer of the WP Rig WordPress starter theme.

She is an impassioned advocate for the importance of accessibility and universal design. To learn more about accessibility, check out this extensive list of accessibility resources curated by the WPCampus community.

Rachel also encourages collaboration and professional development as a public speaker and conference/meetup organizer. She is a frequent speaker at various WordPress, higher ed, and technology-related events.

While no longer involved, she is the founder of WebTide and Tuscaloosa Web Professionals (now known as Spark Tuscaloosa) as well as an organizer of HighEdWeb Alabama and TEDxTuscaloosa.

Rachel is also a Women Who WP board member, an organization that inspires, connects, challenges, and educates women throughout the WordPress community.

In her spare time, Rachel is a fitness junkie who loves to tweet, travel and binge-watch old TV shows on Netflix.

She loves to code so be sure to check out her work on GitHub.