C. Hansell Bourdon
C. Hansell Bourdon is the Executive Director of Carpe Mundi. Additionally, she is the Finance and Operations Director for Carpe Diem Education. She holds an MPA in Non-Profit Management and International Affairs from Indiana University. Hansell is passionate about international education as her own education centered heavily around work and travel in South and Central America, Europe, Nepal and Japan. Before moving to Portland, Hansell was the International Program Director for LEAPNow, a gap year organization based in California.
Hansell started organizing and facilitating scholarship programs in rural Nicaragua where she led service-learning trips and facilitated community development projects for two years. Following her master's degree, Hansell spent five years living and working for the Academy for Educational Development (AED) supporting research and program implementation in Equatorial Guinea, Malawi, Ghana, Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and Zambia. Hansell is a graduate of Dartmouth College with a degree in History and Music.
Rachel is Carpe Mundi’s Associate Director, working primarily with the PDXchange Program. Rachel most recently worked at Oregon Food Bank supporting School-based Food Pantries, but has been involved with Carpe Mundi off and on since its inception in 2012, as a graduate student intern and as a volunteer. She couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Carpe Mundi in an official capacity. Rachel is passionate about all things education, but particularly experiential education – making learning relevant and transformational for students. Through working and volunteering with various schools and educational nonprofits throughout North and South America, Rachel has experienced firsthand the benefits of making learning an interaction, rather than a transaction.
Rachel has lived in and traveled to nearly 20 countries and 35 states. A native of the Pacific Northwest, Rachel is excited to have a more permanent home in Portland, although a piece of her heart will always be in Latin America. She holds a B.A. in Communications and Spanish from Whitworth University in Spokane, WA and an M.A. in International Development and Service from Concordia University in Portland. When they’re not traveling, Rachel and her husband Bryce enjoy getting outside to hike and explore, and eating their way through Portland’s amazing food scene.