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Rachael Lorenzo (Mescalero Apache/Laguna Pueblo/Xicana) is a queer parent of two and lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico. They were born in Las Cruces, New Mexico to young parents and was raised on their father's ancestral land in Laguna, New Mexico.
Rachael graduated with a BA in political science and a Masters in public administration, focusing on public health; both degrees are from the University of New Mexico. Rachael studied political campaigns, participated policy analyses, and has been consulted for their expertise in public health policies that could impact indigenous communities.
Rachael was not only raised on traditional values but also on politics. Throughout their academic career, Rachael volunteered for political campaigns, ranging from city council elections to presidential campaigns. Rachael was selected as a fellow for President Barack Obama's 2012 reelection campaign, Obama For America (OFA).
Currently, Rachael serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for the YWCA-New Mexico and was accepted to the prestigious Emerge New Mexico class of 2017. Rachael was also a part of cohort of brilliant change-makers in the Western States Center's Western Institute for Leadership Development (WILD).