Rachel Holmes joined NPCA in 2015 and serves as the organization’s Director of Special Events & Design. Based in the headquarters office in Washington, D.C., Rachel focuses on creating and implementing an overall vision for NPCA’s largest events, including Salute to the Parks and New York Gala.

Her passions have guided her career in the nonprofit sector. Before joining NPCA, Rachel served in various roles at National 4-H Council, Share Our Strength and United Way of North Central Florida.

Originally from the sunny state of Florida, Rachel moved to Washington, D.C., to earn her Master of Public Administration degree with a focus in Nonprofit Organizations from George Washington University. Outside of her passion for our national parks, Rachel is a die-hard Florida Gators alumna and likes to spend her free time teaching kids the joys of horseback riding and competing her horse on the local show circuit.