Rachel was raised in Connecticut and received a Bachelor’s degree in Russian Language and Area Studies from the American University in Washington DC. She also has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Washington and has been working in the conservation field since 2005. It’s important work: invasive species can destroy the forest and all the services it provides, so we need to prevent that from happening. Forests work really hard all day and night to give us oxygen, clean our air, filter our water and anchor our soil. It’s really the least we can do to say thank you. Also, the people here are all fantastic and a joy to work with.