Rachel Appel is a Legislative and Policy Coordinator for the League of Women Voters, moving forward the People Powered Fair Maps Campaign. In this role, Rachel researches and provides strategic advice to develop national policy priorities, advocacy efforts, and grassroots initiatives to impact national, state, and local policies in an effort to end partisan and racial gerrymandering. She presents policy/legislative developments to partners, policymakers, the media, and communities, and supports the development and strengthening of relationships with the Administration, Congress, and allies.
Prior to joining the League, Rachel served as the Community Outreach Fellow for the ACLU of Utah where she saw the critical role voting plays in protecting all civil rights. Primarily, Rachel conducted grassroots voting rights work to help ensure our nation’s First People were able to exercise their constitutional right to vote. Rachel led outreach to Native American individuals and community-based organizations, identified ongoing voting rights issues, and advocated a county commission. Rachel’s experience also includes serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office where she ran a volunteer program integrating Utah’s refugees into the community, working in the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as a legal secretary, as a political assistant on Karl Racine’s Campaign for D.C. Attorney General, and biking more than 4,000 miles across the U.S. for affordable housing with the organization Bike & Build.
Rachel is originally from the Washington, D.C. area and holds a B.S. in Management and a B.A. in Political Science from Binghamton University. Outside of work, Rachel enjoys hiking and camping, escaping to the West to go skiing, and trying new restaurants to live up to the self-proclaimed title of foodie.