Rachel spent her childhood in the Philippines and Argentina before her family moved to Hobbs, New Mexico, where she graduated from high school. She completed her bachelor’s degree at Fordham University in humanitarian studies and communications & culture. Her interest in religious freedom issues began while living in Argentina as she observed the relationship between the state and religious groups during the 2007 presidential election. She worked as a summer research fellow with the Center after her first year of law school. In her free time, Rachel collects vinyl records and runs a pop culture blog.