Alumni Spotlight: Rachel Adam ’01

RR_Shot1. Tell us about your life today. 

I am a freelance artist and graphic designer. My husband and I live in the Outer Sunset, right near my brother (Tyler, MA Class of ’03). We recently moved back to SF after living in Brooklyn for many many years and I am so happy to be home! I spent most of my time in NYC working in publishing – specifically in book cover design, which was a total dream. Getting to design book covers all day really is as wonderful as one would imagine. Now that I’m in San Francisco, I still work on book covers, but my custom art and freelance design career has also been growing strong, which is super exciting! You can check out my work at or  Really, I couldn’t be happier about where my life and career has taken me.

2. Outside of work, what are you passionate about? 

Since returning to SF my passion for fresh air, water and sunshine has only grown stronger. We surf at ocean beach or Bolinas all the time. I also love to run, hike, cycle, swim and generally play in the sun. And although I know it’s sometimes work, I love to paint and let the creativity flow.


Tyler Adam ’03, Megan Clark ’01, and Rachel in the 2000 Yearbook.

3. Looking back on the classes that you took at MA, which one had the greatest impact on you and why? 

I couldn’t get enough of my history classes at MA and in hindsight, the passion I developed for history informed a lot of my interests since. I studied Political Science in college, which I basically consider a combo of history + philosophy. And as an artist/designer I’ve tapped into my love of history quite a bit. Most notably, I recently completed a set of Early Californian portraits in which I painted 12 historically relevant individuals who were alive during the time of pre-statehood. Also, my photography classes with Dan Babior made a huge impact on me (didn’t he make an impact on everyone? He’s so great!). His class was one of the first instances where I learned to be a little less lazy with my creativity and push it further than I knew I could. Knowing how to edit and push myself creatively has been invaluable in my profession.

4. What is one of your best MA memories? 

Looking back, I often think of lunch periods spent on the porch with my best friends, enjoying the sunshine and all the goings-on around me. I think of those moments with such contentment.

5. If you were to re-enroll at Marin Academy, what would you do differently the second time around?

Oh…I’m not sure…I came from an all-girls grade school so I was a little scared of talking to boys my freshmen year. Turns out they aren’t so bad 🙂 I would tell my younger self not to worry so much. Ha.

Interested in being featured in the Alumni Spotlight or a speaker at our Alumni Speaker Series?  Send a message to Beth Sherman ’96, Director of Alumni Relations!

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