Rachel has more than nine years of diverse professional background in hazard mitigation, program management, public affairs, environmental policy, and emergency management. She supports agencies in managing highly technical and complex projects from the national to the local level, including over six years supporting the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). Rachel brings the experience of managing a national practice focused on FEMA policy, funding, program management, and implementation planning. With a background in public policy and program evaluation, Rachel advises clients on compliance with federal regulations and methods for enhancing program effectiveness and efficiency.
Rachel began her career as a federal employee within the U.S. Department of Justice, Antitrust Division. While pursuing her master’s degree in public policy, she switched careers to management consulting. She supported the implementation of FEMA’s Risk Mapping, Assessment, and Planning (Risk MAP) Program, specifically the Coastal, Levee, Cooperating Technical Partners (CTP), and Floodplain Management components. During the record 2017 hurricane season, Rachel helped establish and coordinate a communications hub at FEMA headquarters that developed and distributed critical information among the Risk Management Directorate, National Response Coordination Center, and regional offices. In addition to her federal experience, Rachel is passionate about supporting state and local organizations in hazard mitigation, including water/wastewater utilities, hospitals, port authorities, and emergency management agencies.
Rachel has extensive experience with the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) programs, including the FEMA Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) program. She has used her background in hazard mitigation, economic impact analysis, and benefit-cost analysis to analyze the return on investment for flood, seismic, and wind hazard mitigation projects. She has led national grant application development in the District of Columbia, Delaware, Virginia, Texas, and Pennsylvania, including two competitively selected projects valued at over $50 million in BRIC’s inaugural year. Rachel has also developed hazard mitigation plans and managed grants to implement diverse, impactful projects.
Certified Floodplain Manager (CFM), The Association of State Floodplain Managers
M.P.P., Public Policy, University of Maryland, College Park
B.A., Political Science, University of Delaware