Rachel graduated from Portland State University with her Bachelor of Arts degree in linguistics with honors. She then obtained her Associate of Applied Science degree in paralegal studies from Portland Community College, graduating with highest honors. She volunteered with the House of Dreams Cat Shelter for over five years where she helped with shelter cleaning, donation tracking and donor acknowledgments, and socializing with cats. While working on her paralegal degree, she volunteered with the Animal Legal Defense Fund.
Prior to joining Lewis & Clark, Rachel worked as a paralegal in the areas of personal injury, insurance defense litigation, and land use and real estate acquisition.