Rachel Curley is a democracy associate for Public Citizen’s Congress Watch division, where her main focus is to call for companies to disclose information about how much money they spend to influence our politics, as well as to support Public Citizen’s democracy work with federal legislation. Rachel graduated from Indiana University Bloomington with a bachelor’s degree in political science and philosophy. She went on to serve as an executive intern for the Center for American Progress before becoming the program coordinator for Doctors for America (DFA). Rachel has led the charge on several of DFA’s major campaigns, including Medicaid expansion in the states, helping Supreme Court justices understand the impact of King v. Burwell and lifting the N.R.A.-advocated Congressional ban on CDC gun violence research. As someone who was eager to take part in the implementation of Obamacare when it was first rolled out yet was too squeamish to become a doctor, Curley is passionate about getting big money out of politics and minimizing the influence that the health care industry has over the government’s health care policy decisions.
Rachel successfully executed the 2015 National Leadership Conference for 100 DFA members after managing a nine-month planning process, securing over $40,000 in sponsorship funds, and running A/V, catering, workshops, registration and speakers on-site. Rachel has also compiled research on various topics including but not limited to cabinet member voting records, urban climate resilience, sequestration, Selective Service registration and campaign finance reform while serving as an executive intern at the Center for American Progress.
Rachel has been quoted in Community Advocate and CNBC. She is also a blog contributor to The Hill, Fortune, CitizenVox, Corporate Presidency and Salon.