For more than a decade, Rachel has woven together her environmental science, natural resources management, and urban planning experience as a sustainability and climate change professional. As the Circular Ventures Manager at The Recycling Partnership, she leads Plastic IQ and strategizes across the value chain on effective packaging solutions that support and accelerate the transition to an equitable, low carbon circular economy. Combining her nonprofit, local, and state government expertise, Rachel is passionate about connecting people and ideas with solutions and science to create more resilient ecosystems and communities. She is an AmeriCorps alumnus, an active AICP certified planner with the American Planning Association, and volunteers on the N.C. Dept. of Justice Environmental Enhancement Grant Program Review Committee.