- Proven leader with track record of creating impact for nonprofit organizations
- Demonstrated ability to nurture public-private partnerships and manage complex initiatives
- Mission-driven advocate elected three times to San Francisco’s Board of Education.
Rachel began her career as a journalist, working at The New York Times, Reuters, and CNET:The Computer Network. In 1996, she created the Visual Journalism course at U.C. Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, which she co-taught for two semesters. After a number of years working as a communications consultant, Rachel joined the San Francisco Parks Alliance in 2013 as Director of Communications, rising to Director of External Affairs and serving as interim CEO for eight months. In 2017 she was named Executive Director of the California State Parks Foundation, an independent, member-supported nonprofit dedicated to protecting and preserving California’s state park system for the benefit of all.
Rachel has also served her community as a volunteer and elected official. In 2008 she was elected to the San Francisco Unified Board of Education and re-elected in 2012 and 2016. Rachel also served four years on San Francisco’s Democratic County Central Committee, elected to represent Assembly District 19 in March of 2016.
Previously, Rachel served as co-chair of the Site Council at Argonne Year-Round Elementary School and as a classroom volunteer. She served on the SFUSD Community Advisory Committee for Special Education between 2005 and 2008, and has been an active member of Parents for Public Schools – San Francisco (PPS-SF) since 2001. She volunteered for the Autism Speaks Bay Area Advocacy Committee between 2006 and 2008, working to secure health insurance coverage for kids with autism (in 2012, the California legislature finally passed insurance coverage for speech therapy, occupational therapy and behavioral treatment for autism spectrum disorders). In June 2008, Rachel graduated from the Emerge California program, which helps Democratic women gain the political skills they need to run for public office.
A product of California public schools, Rachel was born and raised in Berkeley, Calif., and graduated from Berkeley High School. She has a degree in English from Barnard College. Rachel lives with her two daughters in San Francisco’s Richmond district.