Rachel Brown: 2012 PMF
Rachel Brown (2012 PMF) has been named to the 2020 Class of the Presidential Leadership Scholars program (PLS). The Presidential Leadership Scholars program brings together a collection of diverse and established leaders to learn through the presidential experiences of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Lyndon B. Johnson. Through interactions and discussions with former presidents, key former administration officials, business and civic leaders and leading academics, PLS scholars put novel approaches to leadership, collaboration and idea exchange to work on a personal leadership project intended to solve a challenge in their community, country or world.
Rachel, a senior policy advisor for Native American Affairs at the Bureau of Reclamation in Washington, D.C., is one of 60 educators, public servants, and professionals chosen to participate in the 2020 class. She previously worked for the National Parks Service and the White House Office of Management and Budget. Her PLS project will explore ways that federal agencies, non-profits, and foundations can work together to better serve the water resource needs of Tribal Nations.
Prior to joining Reclamation, and during her PMF Fellowship, Rachel worked for the National Park Service in the American Indian Liaison Office. Rachel also previously worked for the U.S. Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery where her portfolio included Gulf Coast recovery following hurricanes Katrina and Rita, and the federal disaster response to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and the 2010 earthquake in Haiti.