Originally from Dayton, Ohio, Rachel graduated from Vanderbilt University with a double major in environmental sociology and community leadership and development. During her four years in Nashville, she spent her time working on sustainability and food justice projects on campus. She also volunteered and interned with nonprofit organizations throughout the city, focusing on issues ranging from homelessness and housing to food insecurity to workers’ rights. She participated in the Doris Duke Conservation Scholars Program at the University of Washington, through which she explored issues of environmental justice biodiversity conservation within communities throughout the Pacific Northwest. From these experiences in Nashville, the Pacific Northwest, and beyond, she has developed a better understanding of how poverty, food justice, and environmentalism intersect.
Field placement: Hunger Free Colorado
Policy placement: National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty