Biography

Rachel Rubin is an Alice M. Baldwin Scholar in her senior year at Duke University majoring in Public Policy. Rachel is passionate about reforms of U.S. Criminal Justice and Health Care Systems, an interest originating from her work at a women’s inpatient treatment facility for substance abuse in her hometown of Fresno, CA. She first became involved in the Hart Leadership Program her first year when she joined the Political Engagement Pilot Project (PEPP). The program allowed her to augmented her in-class research in mental health insurance parity and post-secondary education in prisons with first-hand experience working in drug court in San Francisco, CA. PEPP prepared her to work on health care and labor policy for a semester in D.C. as part of the Spring 2017 Duke in D.C. cohort. She has since continued her work on this issues in Appalachia, first in a drug court in Boone County, WV and most recently at the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy.

Outside of the classroom, Rachel plays on Duke’s women’s club ultimate frisbee team and serves as a member of POLIS’s Bipartisan Leadership Team.