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Rachel Dawson


Rachel Dawson joined Cascade Policy Institute as a Policy Analyst in 2019. Her work encompasses a variety of topics, including electric utility regulation and transportation policy.

Rachel previously worked with Cascade as a Research Associate through the Charles Koch Internship Program. In that role, Rachel conducted research and testified at public hearings on affordable housing, transportation, and energy policy.

Rachel graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York with a degree in Public Policy and a focus on criminal justice reform. While at Hamilton College, Rachel conducted research on the Swedish criminal justice system in Stockholm and on Burmese refugees’ interaction with standardized state exams in New York. Her senior thesis evaluated the accuracy of a risk assessment algorithm commonly used by some courts to determine the risk a person will commit another crime prior to their court date and compared it to an algorithm she created using statistical software.

A native Oregonian, Rachel is a rabid Portland Thorns fan and a member of the Timbers Army.