Rachel Zuckerman has earned a reputation as an agent of change, bringing people together to solve tough problems with creative solutions and a strong work ethic. Committed to social justice, she works toward a future where every individual feels valued, dignified, and empowered to reach their full potential.
A proud Michigander, Rachel shuttles between Lansing and Metro Detroit, working on issues of importance to residents across the state. In Lansing, she works as a Behavioral Health Policy Analyst for the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services. A proud mental health advocate, Rachel is focused on expanding access to quality services for people living with mental illness, substance use disorder, and intellectual and developmental disabilities. Back in Livonia, Rachel is actively involved in her hometown's local politics, including managing and volunteering on democratic races.
Last year, Rachel represented the United States as a 2019 Schwarzman Scholar, earning her master's degree from the prestigious Tsinghua University in Beijing, China. As part of one of the most selective postgraduate programs in the world, she spent the year in Beijing learning alongside peers from 30+ countries, studying China's changing role in the world, and developing her personal leadership abilities.
Prior to China, Rachel worked in workforce development for the City of Detroit, helping eliminate barriers to employment for Detroiters. Rachel received her bachelor's degree from the University of Iowa, where she graduated summa cum laude and had the privilege of representing 24,000 of her peers as Student Body President.