In addition to serving as the President of the Junior Statesmen Foundation, Rachel Kaganoff Stern serves as a Director and a Member of the Executive Committee for the Alliance for College Ready Schools, LA’s largest Charter Management Organization. She serves on the Board of the Sanford Public Policy School at Duke University and she serves on the Steering Committee of the Women in Leadership Initiative at Princeton University. She is the former Co-Chair of the Women’s Political Committee, a Los Angeles-based political action committee that raises money for Democratic women candidates for office. She was a long-time member of the Board of Planned Parenthood’s Advocacy Project, as well as on the board of the Planned Parenthood Volunteer Guild. Rachel spent 15 years as an Associate Political Scientist at the RAND Corporation in Santa Monica. She worked across a number of research areas including health care, civil justice, and national security policy. Her primary responsibilities were to design and implement case studies. Her final project at RAND was a two-year study evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of the programs used to compensate losses resulting from the September 11 Terrorist Attacks (*Compensation for Losses from the 9/11 Attacks, *RAND 2004). Prior to working at RAND Rachel spent two years working as a researcher at the Institute for Defense Analyses in Washington, D.C. Rachel graduated magna cum laude with an A.B. in Politics from Princeton University and has a master’s degree in Public Policy from Duke University. She is married to Eric. H. Stern (Berkeley ’87) and the mother of Henri and Jonah Stern (16 & 14).
Rachel was a member of JSA from 1978 to 1982, serving on State Cabinet in a number of positions, and as Chapter President at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta, California. She attended Summer School at U.C. Davis in 1980, and attended the first Washington D.C. Summer School in 1981. She worked as a Resident Advisor for the Junior State at UC Davis, Stanford and Georgetown, and in 2014 she served as Interim Program Director for the Southern California region. Both of her children are avid participants in the Junior State. Her eldest son Henri Stern, is the Angeles Region Mayor and has attended JSA Summer School at Princeton, Stanford, Georgetown, and JSA’s Diplomat Program in Beijing, China.