Born in Marin County, Rachel moved to Novato in 2007, working with the small business community. Rachel fell in love with the town, its people, and the beautiful landscape. Rachel married Colm, an Irish immigrant, at Stonetree Golf Course in Novato, and they decided this was where they wanted to raise their family. They have two children, Ethan and Amelia, a dog, Trixie, and a cat, Tina.
Rachel will bring a strong work ethic to the city council. In 2020, Rachel was appointed to the Planning Commission, where she asked probing questions, was elected chair, and supported the environment. The Board of Supervisors appointed Rachel to the Mental Health Board, where she has served six years as a member and two and a half years as chair. Rachel authored a resolution that passed with a 5-0 vote and advocated for converting the Mental Health Board to a Behavioral Health Board that would help individuals with co-occurring disorders. Rachel has developed a reputation for getting things done in government, and people like working with her.