Rachel grew up in rural Montana with her grandparents. She became involved in activism as a college student in Fargo, North Dakota, and took a position with a non-profit working to elect President Obama in 2008. At that time, she saw the power of organized labor as a driving force for change. In 2013, she began working at SEIU Healthcare 1199NW as an organizer and then transitioned into research in 2016. She was the team lead for over three years, developing new team members and providing research support for the union and not-yet-union members across Washington State and Montana. Rachel is excited to continue developing relationships with students, faculty, and community members working to advance workers' rights in Washington State and beyond.