In this role, Rachel works to collect, analyze, and share data that can help advocates understand and address issues facing DC's kids and youth, particularly kids and youth of color. She produces the DC KIDS COUNT suite of publications and online data center, DC Action’s interactive data tools, as well as translating the national KIDS COUNT press releases, annual reports, and other publications into the DC context.
As an undergraduate, Rachel performed demographic and policy research
at the Gay, Lesbian, Straight Education Network for its State of the
States report. After completing her undergraduate degree at the
College of William and Mary, she worked with Illinois Action for
Children to research barriers to accessing and delivering quality
early childhood care and education and to help providers and programs
connect with resources for improvement. This experience inspired her
to bolster her research skills by pursuing a Master’s degree at Ben
Gurion University, after which she spent time in the classroom as a
substitute teacher at a Navajo Nation school.
Since then she has continued to build her data and policy skills. She led and supervised
rigorous quality assurance checks of paper and online student,
teacher, school, and district reports in the Assessment Division at
American Institutes for Research. And most recently, at The Education
Trust she researched, analyzed, and interpreted key teacher and other
education data, with a focus on understanding patterns of access to
strong, well-supported teachers for low-income students and students
Rachel is excited to bring her experience with data,
research, and policy to help raise awareness and advocate to
dismantle structural barriers that stand in the way of all young
people reaching their full potential.