Prior to joining Capalino+Company, Rachel interned at The New York Committee for Occupational Safety and Health (NYCOSH) where she worked on certification and union organizing campaigns with The New York Healthy Nail Salons Coalition (NYHNSC) in collaboration with Workers United New York New Jersey Regional Joint Board.
Beyond her advocacy work, Rachel has substantial political research expertise. She worked as a Women’s Representation and Money in Politics Intern for FairVote, a non-profit focused on electoral reform, where she explored the role that PACs play in the financing of female candidates in a collaboration between FairVote, Representation 2020, Common Cause and the Center for Responsive Politics. She participated in research, data analysis, as well as report and blog writing on electoral reforms such as Ranked Choice Voting (RCV). Rachel also worked as a Research Assistant in the Oberlin College Politics Department, assisting with research that evaluated the internet presence of candidates in Congressional and state-wide races.
Prior to her work in New York City, Rachel immersed herself in global political affairs through her work with the Clinton Health Access Initiative (CHAI), an offshoot of the Clinton Foundation. She also served as an intern on Capitol Hill for Congressman Joe Kennedy III where she engaged extensively with residents of the district on a wide range of issues.
Rachel is a graduate of Oberlin College, where she received her B.A. in Politics with minors in History and Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies (GSFS). She coordinated the college’s HIV testing program and served in multiple leadership roles in Oberlin Student Cooperative Association (OSCA), a student-run non-profit group that feeds approximately a quarter of the student body.