Rachel Appel joined the ACLU of Utah in August 2018 as the Community Outreach Fellow. Before joining the ACLU of Utah, Rachel served as an AmeriCorps VISTA in the Salt Lake City Mayor’s Office and the state Refugee Services Office where she ran the Know Your Neighbor Volunteer Program, integrating Utah’s refugees into the community. Rachel was responsible for matching volunteers with refugees, developing and convening public events, working with other community and faith based organizations, and conducting outreach to educate the public on refugee and immigrant issues.
Rachel previously worked at the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld as a legal secretary in the litigation department where she assisted on various indigent defense and death penalty cases. Prior to that, Rachel was a political assistant on Karl Racine’s Campaign for D.C. Attorney General. In 2014, Rachel biked more than 4,000 miles across the U.S. with the organization Bike and Build raising money for and awareness about affordable housing. She visited communities in Moab, Green River, Torrey, Salina, and Delta, Utah.
Rachel is originally from the Washington, DC area and holds a B.S. in Management and a B.A. in Political Science from Binghamton University.