Rachel Décoste is a motivational speaker and software engineer born and raised in Ottawa. Ms. Décoste has been a community activist since her youth, working with organisations such as Children's Aid Society, S.O.S. Montfort Hospital, the Famous 5 Foundaton, the Black Canadian Scholarship Fund, and OxFam Quebec. In 2008, Ms. Décoste worked on then-Senator Obama’s presidential campaign and again in 2012. Ms. Décoste was named in Ottawa's Top 50 Personalities in Ottawa Life magazine's 2010 annual edition.