Know Rachel Lavine, Know Her Experience.
My parents raised me to be a life long political activist, beginning at the age of five when I helped to bag and distribute tiny tree seedlings on behalf of my father David Lavine’s upstart environmental campaign for the Connecticut State Legislature.
Rachel is the current NYS Democratic Committeewoman for downtown Manhattan and co-founder and Chair of the NYS Democratic Committee’s Progressive Caucus.
She has 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.
Rachel is an attorney who worked in her early career as Director of Legislative Affairs and Policy at Safe Horizon, New York City’s largest victim services agency. To this she adds both city and state government experience, at the NYC Department of Health and working for NYS Assemblymember Deborah Glick.
Rachel has published a blog, That Kind of Liberal, since 2013, the name derived from speeches given in New York State by two eminent liberals. One of them being Franklin D. Roosevelt who first described himself as “that kind of liberal” during a speech to the New York State Democratic Convention in 1936. This blog demonstrates more about Rachel Lavine covering abortion rights, hydrofracking, women’s rights, LGBTQ rights and voting rights, to name a few issues that have held her attention for many years. Her Twitter handle, @RachelLavine2, further illustrates her constant involvement with progressive agendas, its champions and its foes.
Married to Roberta Kaplan, 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, their partnership is forged in activism and bound by their amazing young son. They march, protest, cheer, petition and discover, together, throughout the United States.