Rachel Graef, MSW

Program Manager

Email: [email protected]

As Program Manager, Rachel brings expertise in working with adults diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and atypical dementias, serious mental illness, developmental disabilities and Huntington’s to Friendship Center. Rachel earned her Master’s in Social Work at San Diego State University and she is certified in Geriatric Mental Health. A So-Cal native from Riverside and San Diego counties, Rachel’s heart has always been in beautiful Santa Barbara, a love that grew while she earned her B.A. from UCSB in Communication with minors in Education and Applied Psychology.

Rachel developed a passion for working with older adults while spending time with her grandparents, working as a Program Specialist at the Santa Barbara and Goleta Friendship Center sites and ultimately interning with UCSD’s Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. 

When not at Friendship Center, you’ll find Rachel in the yoga studio, at the beach, in the library, or perusing the aisles of Trader Joes. She’ll talk your ears off about cats, Disney, musicals, and exercise. Her favorite places in Santa Barbara are the Child’s Estate Zoo, the Mission, and State Street. Rachel also loves visiting wineries in Temecula with her family and cares deeply for the people that mean the most to her in life. She is known for her patience, sense of humor, and tender heart.

Fun facts: 

  • Family home is a zoo with seven cats & two dogs!
  • Certified yoga instructor.
  • Conquered her fear of bees (kind of)
  • Bakes delicious peanut butter cookies!