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Rachel Estrada-Wolstan

Senior Program Officer

Rachel Estrada-Wolstan joined the Irvine Foundation as Senior Program Officer in October 2021. She brings more than 15 years of experience working at the intersection of public policy and politics.

Most recently, she was a sworn civil servant for the County of Los Angeles, serving in the Chief Executive Office. As a Chief Program Specialist managing public affairs, Rachel designed the County’s 2020 Census outreach framework and led the execution of both the media and community engagement campaigns.

Her work at the County also included policy advising and collaborative external affairs with city, state, and federal partners, as well as partners in philanthropy and at nonprofit organizations. Rachel’s broad portfolio of policy issues included immigration, voting and election oversight, cannabis, ethnic media, and wildfire recovery.

Prior to serving in local government, Rachel worked at the national level for federal advocacy groups, most notably the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Her body of political work also includes highly competitive electoral races, including congressional, city, county, and state campaigns. Rachel began her career in Washington, D.C. on Capitol Hill with U.S. Congresswoman Linda T. Sánchez.

Rachel earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and her master’s degree in public administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.