Rachael joined The Land Trust for Tennessee in November 2016 as a Conservation Manager. Rachael works out of the Chattanooga office and helps to facilitate conservation easements, assists with land acquisitions, and conducts education and outreach efforts, particularly in the Southeast and South Cumberland Region.
Rachael grew up in South Carolina, where she developed an early passion for the outdoors during weekends at her family’s house on Edisto Island. She attended the Green River Preserve summer camp in Western North Carolina for 12 years as a camper, expeditioner and counselor. These summers inspired her to pursue conservation as a career, a decision that has provided amazing opportunities to explore, learn about and protect diverse natural areas.
Rachael has a Bachelor’s from Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, and Master’s in Environmental Science and Public Affairs from Indiana University. She has broad experience in the environmental field, working on research and with non-profit organizations on issues including land conservation, urban forestry, food justice and sustainability. She has lived in many places in the U.S. but is excited to call the Southeast and Tennessee home. In her free time, Rachael enjoys hiking, biking, crafting and finding new coffee shops. She is excited to help to protect and learn about Chattanooga and new parts of Tennessee through her work with The Land Trust