Rachel Mabey Whipple was raised in Daingerfield, Texas. She earned a bachelor’s degree in geology and a masters of comparative studies with a focus on environmental humanities at Brigham Young University. Between degrees, she married, had three kids, and lived in San Diego and Long Island. Since returning to Provo, she’s been active in the local community, serving as acting neighborhood chair and as a member of both the Provo Sustainability Committee and the Provo Bicycle Committee. She also served on the board of LDS Earth Stewardship and is now on the board of directors for the Utah Chapter of The Nature Conservancy.