Rachel Campbell became the New River Valley Organizer in October of 2021. She grew up in Hanover County and then lived in the Richmond Area for a number of years before moving to Pulaski in 2020. “I am so happy I made that decision,” she says. “The region has so much to offer — scenic views, great food, and most importantly, incredible people.”
Rachel worked in early childhood education before she began to do organizing work in the NRV community, and she is passionate about students’ rights and other education issues. She wants to see funding kept in public schools instead of being diverted to charters, and she wants teachers to be well paid. In her free time, she enjoys hiking with her dog and going to antique shops.
Rachel chose to join Virginia Organizing because, “I really appreciate and respect that it is a statewide organization that doesn’t just focus on the big three areas of Virginia. We also organize in smaller and less populated areas, and it’s really the community leading the chapters. I transitioned into the field of organizing as a way to do my part in creating a more equitable and sustainable society for children to thrive in.”