Rachel Nelson-Segobia has dedicated both her professional and personal life to non-profit work that is committed to empowering young people. A graduate of Lee's Summit High School class of 2001, Rachel received her Bachelors of Science from Valparaiso University in Indiana, where she studied International Economics and Cultural Affairs. She graduated with her Masters of Science in Non-profit Administration from Louisiana State University - Shreveport.
Rachel began her non-profit career working with the Hispanic Mission Gloria Dei in Valparaiso, Indiana, where she assisted in translations,
fundraising and the start up of an English-speaking pre-school for Spanish speaking youth.
Rachel's next career move was to the Girl Scouts, first as a District Field Executive with Girl Scouts of Riverland Council in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, where Rachel trained volunteers, recruited girl members, coordinated international travel opportunities for girls, and wrote and implemented a grant that taught teenage girls how to identify a problem within their community to design and create a sustainable solution to that problem. During her work in La Crosse, Rachel was selected as one of three representatives from the United States to attend a World Association of Girl Guides and Girl Scouts leadership seminar in Cuernavaca, Mexico. Soon thereafter, she was hired as Director of Membership and Marketing with USA Girl Scouts Overseas - North Atlantic in Pisa, Italy. During her three years overseas, Rachel worked in Italy, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam, and Turkey. She worked to build community relations, implement a public relations campaign, and manage a volunteer program of more than 500 volunteers.
Most recently, Rachel worked with the State of Louisiana's Department of Children and Family Services, which provided her with insight into public administration and the judicial system. She represented the state in court and assisted non-custodial parents in workforce development.
Rachel lives in Lee's Summit with her husband, Rudy, and their daughter, Sofia. In her free time, she enjoys reading, camping, traveling, and running.