Background

Progressive Agenda

Rachel founded and chairs the NYS Democratic Committee Progressive Caucus in 2012.

Equality Agenda

Rachel is an active member of the LGBTQ Community, a long-time supporter of Womens Rights and has advanced legislation for Domestic Violence Victims.

Environmental Agenda

From banning Hydro-Fracking and shale gas pipelines to regulating food additives and drug free meat, Rachel has been front and center.

Albany Agenda

Rachel was an early and vigorous opponent of the Independent Democratic Committee (IDC). She has additionally promoted ethics reform and voter reforms.
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"Rachel is a fearless advocate for the progressive cause." Tony Hoffmann, Village Independent Democrats

Her major political engagement is as NYS Democratic Committeewoman for downtown Manhattan. She is also the co-founder and Chair of the NYS Democratic Committee’s Progressive Caucus.

Rachel previously served as Co-Chair of the Board of NY’s Gay & Lesbian Community Center, on the Board of the national Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, and as past President of one of NY’s leading progressive Democratic clubs, Gay & Lesbian Independent Democrats. I’m an attorney and used to work as Director of Legislative Affairs and Policy at Safe Horizon, New York City’s largest victim services agency. I’ve also worked in both city and state government, at the NYC Department of Health and for NYS Assemblymember Deborah Glick.

Her wife, Roberta A. Kaplan, is the attorney who won the landmark Supreme Court victory overturning the Defense of Marriage Act (“DOMA”) in Windsor, guaranteeing all legally married gay couples full federal rights – one of many of her remarkable accomplishments. They live with their amazing young son who keeps them firmly grounded.