Rachel Jefferson, Member
Ms. Rachel Jefferson, Executive Director of Groundwork Northeast Revitalization Group (Groundwork NRG), formerly the Historic Northeast-Midtown Association (HNMA), began a career in public health as Outreach Director and Administrative Assistant at a local safety-net clinic. Rachel’s time in the healthcare sector provided her with an understanding of the socio-economic struggles that hinder good health among minority populations and ignited her passion to support the growth of human, social, and civic capacity at the grassroots and community levels. Rachel has served as the Executive Director of Groundwork NRG for six years.
Rachel is a recipient of the 2011 Neighborhood Leadership Award, and is an alumna of Leadership 2000, a leadership development program funded by the Kansas Leadership Center. Rachel is a graduate of the Healthy Communities Leadership Academy, an initiative created by the Health Forward Foundation. The academy develops the efficacy of those who advocate for equitable policies to improve the health of the disenfranchised and vulnerable populations in Kansas and Missouri, including the underserved, uninsured, and underinsured. Rachel was also the 2019 Thrive KCK Community Champion Honoree and the 2019 Yes She Can! Conference Women of Wyandotte Award.
Rachel has served and continues to serve on many boards including the National Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Review Committee, and the Regional Prevention Center’s Connect the Dottes Community Coalition. Currently, Rachel is the co-chair of the Community Health Council of Wyandotte County’s Healthy Equity Action Transformation Community Action Board and the chair of Envision Homes. Additionally, Rachel serves on the Boys and Girls Club Breidenthal Unit Advisory Board, the REACH Healthcare Foundation Community Advisory Committee, the Merc Co+op Board of Directors and the Wyandot Behavioral Health Network Board of Directors. Rachel is appointed to the Kansas City, Kansas Housing Authority Board of Commissioners. Rachel is a certified Healthy Homes Trainer and Community Health Worker.
Rachel currently lives and works in Kansas City, Kansas and has come to love and appreciate the neighborhood people that have persevered in the fight to create an equitable Kansas City, Kansas for all.