Rachel Hoff serves as Director of External Affairs for the Foreign Policy Initiative. She recently received a Master of Global Policy Studies from the University of Texas at Austin’s Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. She has experience working in Washington DC at think tanks, on Capitol Hill, and for various Republican campaigns and national party organizations.
Rachel was a founding staff member of the Foreign Policy Initiative in 2009 and served as Director of Government Relations & Outreach until 2012. From 2006 to 2008, she worked as a Legislative Assistant and Research Analyst for Congressman Mac Thornberry (R-TX), focusing specifically on foreign affairs and national security issues. From 2004 to 2006, Rachel conducted research at the American Enterprise Institute with several prominent foreign policy scholars. She holds a BA in Political Science from Tufts University.
Rachel has received numerous awards and honors for her work in Republican politics and foreign policy. In 2007, she was named Woman of the Year by the Young Republican National Federation. In 2011, Young Professionals in Foreign Policy featured her as one of the Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders. In 2012, she was selected for the DC Republican Party’s 35 Under 35 List, honoring the most influential young Republicans in the District. She represented DC as a delegate at the 2012 Republican National Convention. Rachel was born and raised on a U.S. military base in Tokyo, Japan. She has traveled to all 50 states and over 40 countries.
The Foreign Policy Initiative seeks to promote an active U.S. foreign policy committed to robust support for democratic allies, human rights, a strong American military equipped to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and strengthening America’s global economic competitiveness.