Rachel Cook was born in Vancouver, British Columbia and shortly after moved to Washington State, US. She became interested in international student engagement when she was 15 and became a Rotary Youth Exchange Student spending the year in Rome, Italy, and then moving to Whitehorse, Yukon. After converting to Judaism in 2010, she became involved in Jewish and Zionist advocacy. Rachel served a term as a Hillel Campus Engagement Intern for the University of Guelph-Humber in Toronto, Ontario, and simultaneously interned for the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee.
After completing her studies Rachel participated on the Israel Government Fellows program, interning at the Reut Institute in Tel Aviv. During this year she also became involved with WUJS. She attended Congress 2014 and later took part in EUJS/Kahal’s EU Activism and EUJS’s UN Seminar. Rachel remained in Israel after IGF and completed a post-graduate certificate in Identity Based Conflict Resolution from Bar Ilan University. Since returning to Canada, she has participated in the Centre for Israel Jewish Affairs’ Parliamentary Fellowship and now works in the Canadian Parliament.