Rachel Storch Akrongold is a former U.S. State Representative from Missouri. She was particularly motivated by the issue of inadequate access to healthcare, especially for low-income residents. She was deeply involved in debating and crafting healthcare legislation and policy, including Missouri’s Children’s Health Insurance Program, other Medicaid programs, stem cell research, and women’s health access and reproductive health. As a member of the House Budget Committee, she was heavily involved in Missouri’s debate on current healthcare crisis. Rachel was the only Jewish legislator in the Missouri General Assembly. She has worked with Hadassah, the National Council of Jewish Women, the Jewish Federation, and many synagogue groups to increase awareness around issues of special interest to the Jewish community, such as stem cell research, other healthcare issues, and education. She is engaged in outreach to young Jewish people, and regularly leads discussion forums with students, including Chabad (e.g., a Law Shabbat at Washington University Law School), Young Democrats and NCJW - Young Council. Rachel had the opportunity to travel to Morocco with the American Council of Young Political Leaders. During this trip, she visited with some of the leaders of the (shrinking) Moroccan Jewish community, which impressed upon her the importance of sustaining international communications within the Jewish community. As a political leader, she had a special opportunity to build such relationships. Rachel graduated from the John Burroughs School and attended Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where she graduated cum laude with an A.B. in American history and literature. She earned a law degree from Washington University School of Law. Rachel was an Olin Fellow in Law and an Associate Editor of the Law Review. She served on three committees in the Missouri House: Budget, Ways and Means and Appropriations for Transportation and Economic Development. Following her first year in the legislature, Rachel was recognized as the ‘Best Local Politician’ by the Riverfront Times and ‘Best Up-and-Coming Politician’ by St. Louis Magazine. She also received Legislator of the Year Awards from Paraquad and Legal Services of Eastern Missouri. She now lives in NYC with her husband and three children.