Rachel Alterman Wallack, MSW, is the Founder and Mission Director of VOX Teen Communications. Her experience growing up in Atlanta and then writing for Junior Scholastic and Business Atlanta magazines while volunteering with teenagers inspired her to unite teens from different backgrounds and parts of the region to create an outlet for teens’ voices and leadership in 1993.
After serving as executive director for VOX’s first two decades, Rachel worked with the board to manage an executive transition while working to advance the organization’s mission through strategic partnerships and community building. She consulted for several local and national nonprofits, including managing the content for the national Youth Today publication and providing trainings for Georgia’s ASYD Quality Standards team, and has now brought those training, technical assistance and facilitation services back to VOX as region’s organizational leader in youth voice. Rachel has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Texas-Austin and a master’s in social work from the University of Georgia. She has served on several nonprofit boards, including the Atlanta Women’s Foundation and the Georgia Center for Nonprofits, and on the Advisory Board of Kate’s Club.
She lives in Atlanta with her family, believes fundamentally in the power and importance of youth voice, and has spent a career amplifying teens’ voices for their growth and the benefit of our communities.