Rachel Bennett, MPH, MURP, works to advance health equity and racial justice through policy advocacy, training, research, and field-building. With a background in both urban planning and public health, Rachel’s work addresses issues including park equity, transportation safety, affordable housing, gentrification and displacement, and equitable public infrastructure investments. Rachel manages the First 5 LA Built Environment Policy Advocacy Fund, a multi-year grant program to support policy advocacy on parks, transportation, and food security in Los Angeles County. She also manages the Healthy, Equitable, Active Land Use (HEALU) Network, a 15-member network working to improve health equity through land use policy and systems change in Los Angeles County. Rachel has co-authored publications on issues including healthy development without displacement, water and health equity, and land use and violence prevention. Rachel 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 & Urban and Regional Planning from UCLA, and a BA in Psychology from UC Davis.