Rachel Gogel (she/her/hers) is a Paris-born, San Francisco-based creative director and designer whose skills range from strategy, branding, and design management to art direction, editorial, and product design. She runs her own small consultancy as independent chief creative & culture officer where her approach is informed by experiences both in-house and agency side. As a queer design leadership coach and passionate people manager, Rachel believes in fostering inclusive spaces that unlock human potential.
Over the last fifteen years, Rachel has continued to use design as a tool for change — from building multidisciplinary teams at The New York Times’ award-winning T Brand, GQ Magazine, and Meta to launching story-driven experiences at Departures and Godfrey Dadich. Her current clients include Airbnb, LoyalKaspar, and Jeff Staple.
Beyond this, Rachel seeks to influence the next creative generation as a design educator at the California College of the Arts (CCA) and the School of The New York Times (NYTEdu). She is also the Women in Leadership & Design (WILD) Chair on the AIGA SF Board of Directors, is an active member of Queer Design Club, and previously served on the board of The Society of Publication Designers. These platforms amplify Rachel’s commitment to supporting women- and non-binary-led causes and addressing gender-based disparities in the design industry.
Nominated for a 2022 Webby for her work on Departures, she has also been recognized by Inc. as one of 2016’s “30 under 30 Movers and Shakers” and by Forbes as one of 2015’s “30 Under 30” in media. You can follow her @rgogel on both Instagram and Twitter.