Rachel grew up enjoying the Blue Ridge Mountains from her home in South Asheville. She earned her B.A. in both Political Science and Spanish from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she formed a new empathy for the socially marginalized and the climate crisis. The litigation following the 2014 Dan River coal ash spill led her to earn her J.D. and certificates in Environmental and Natural Resource Law and Energy, Innovation, and Sustainability Law from the Lewis and Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. Since earning her degrees, Rachel has turned her focus from litigation to conservation as a means of protecting vulnerable ecosystems and humans from the effects of climate change. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys riding her horse on trails at DuPont and Biltmore, cultivating her tropical houseplant collection, and attending the abundant music concerts for which Asheville is famous.

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