Chief Operating Officer
Rachel grew up in Salina, and lives here now. She returned to be close to her father’s land that she grew up restoring to natural prairie. She received her Bachelor of Arts from New York University and a Master of Business Administration from the Bloch School of Management at the University of Missouri, Kansas City. Her professional life has included project management, city planning, community outreach, communications, investor relations, and operational and strategic planning. She says she was drawn to The Land Institute’s bold and necessary vision: “I like to think big and make the impossible happen, so this just seemed like the right place for me. Outside my children, my work at The Land Institute will likely be my biggest contribution to humankind”.
What’s most inspiring about your specific position at The Land Institute?
The people. The staff here is laser-focused on the vision of the organization. I’m inspired every day by their commitment and tenacity.
What would people never guess that you do as part of your role at The Land Institute?
I recently wrangled a group of cattle into a pasture. I have since added “cowgirl” to my resume.
What else are you passionate about (outside of work)?
Raising two boys and reading (mostly non-fiction) when they let me.
If you were to write a book, what would it be about?
Writing a book is on my bucket list, but I haven’t yet decided on its content.
What’s your motto / favorite quote?
Ralph Waldo Emerson: “Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.” Because patience is not one of my virtues, I need all the help and guidance I can get from nature.
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