Rachel Bennett

Program Manager

Email: RachelB_at_preventioninstitute_dot_org

Rachel Bennett, MPH, MURP, works to advance health equity and racial justice through policy advocacy, field-building, and research. With a background in both urban planning and public health, Rachel works on issues including park equity, transportation safety, healthy land use planning, gentrification and displacement, and equitable public infrastructure investments. Rachel manages Building Momentum for Park and Green Space Equity, a new national initiative funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) to increase equitable access to parks and green spaces in low-income communities of color across the United States. Rachel also manages the Built Environment Policy Advocacy Fund, a multi-year grant program funded by First 5 LA to support policy advocacy on parks, transportation, and food security in Los Angeles County. Since 2013, she has managed the Healthy, Equitable, Active Land Use (HEALU) Network, which works to improve health equity through land use planning and policy changes in Los Angeles County. Rachel has co-authored publications on healthy development without displacementwater and health equity, and land use and violence prevention. She is a proud native of Oakland, California, where she and her husband are raising two daughters. She earned dual master’s degrees in Public Health and Urban & Regional Planning from UCLA, and a BA in Psychology from UC Davis.