A native of Detroit, Michigan, Rachel spent her summers on the shores of the Great Lakes and in the woods of northern Michigan. Rachel is passionate about finding practical policy solutions to natural resource problems, and in using communications to improve the outcomes of groups working in rural communities. In her role as the Program Associate for the Rural Voices for Conservation Coalition and the Wallowa-Whitman Forest Collaborative, she supports both in communications, outreach, logistics, strategy, and organizing.
She fell in love with natural resource issues while taking a class on Food Ethics at Michigan State University, and decided to pursue a degree in Environmental Economics and Policy. While in school, she ventured to DC to do a summer internship with the National Association of State Foresters, and has been working toward a career in natural resource policy ever since. After doing a second internship at Sustainable Northwest in Portland, OR, Rachel went on to receive a Master of Forestry degree from the Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, focusing on the use of social marketing to better engage private woodland owners. She comes to Wallowa Resources as a recent transplant to the Northwest, eager to explore eastern Oregon and beyond.
In her free time, Rachel enjoys playing tennis, hiking, traveling, and experimenting with edible insects.