Rachel is a native Oregonian, born and raised in the Willamette Valley, graduating as a valedictorian of Newberg High School in 2003. She graduated cum laude from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2007, where she received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Communication. She studied abroad in Rome in 2006 and traveled throughout Europe while studying communication. She earned her J.D. from Willamette University College of Law in Salem in 2010. During law school she wrote for the U.S. Supreme Court division of Willamette Law Online, and was an elected treasurer for the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity. While in law school, she worked as a law clerk for two local Salem firms, focusing on family law and personal injury. Rachel is a member of the Oregon Women Lawyers, Multnomah County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Society, and Oregon New Lawyers Division. She worked as a discovery paralegal with Garrett Hemann Robertson in Salem, specializing in complex business litigation, and as an associate hearings attorney with Schneider Law Offices focusing on Social Security disability. Rachel now works as an associate attorney with Proctor Law in Beaverton, where her practice is focused on domestic relations, adoptions, and other general matters. In her spare time, Rachel enjoys travel, concerts, and spending time with family, friends, and her beloved shiba inu, Kiba.