Legislative Representative, Water Resource
National Advocacy Center
Rachel Dawson is the legislative representative for the water restoration team at the National Wildlife Federation where she advocates on behalf of national and regional clean water laws, policies and programs that are critical for large-scale ecosystem restoration across the country. Rachel brings to the current political debate a conservation ethic hatched in the marshes of the Chesapeake Bay watershed—she has spent many years hunting and fishing on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and across the Delmarva Peninsula where she was born and raised.
Most recently, Rachel was a policy analyst at the Northeast Midwest Institute, focusing on issues in the watersheds of the northeast and mid-Atlantic, particularly the Chesapeake Bay and Delaware River Basin. She worked closely with watershed-based Congressional task forces to address water quality issues and promote improved information, ecosystem restoration and stakeholder collaboration. Rachel has also been a Conservation Policy Specialist for Ducks Unlimited where she worked on Clean Water Act and the Farm Bill policy initiatives. Prior to coming to Washington, Rachel worked in DU’s mid-Atlantic field office where she assisted in on-the-ground wetland and ecosystem restoration efforts.
She received her Master’s degree in Environmental and Natural Resources Policy from the George Washington University and her Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Planning from the University of Miami.