Rachel Bennett

Program Manager

Email: RachelB_at_preventioninstitute_dot_org

Rachel Bennett, MPH, MURP, manages People, Parks, and Power: A National Initiative for Green Space, Health Equity, and Racial Justice, a joint effort of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation that is led and managed by Prevention Institute. People, Parks, and Power will support community-based organizations and base-building groups working in urban, low-income communities of color across the United States to increase park equity through local policy and systems change. Rachel also manages the Built Environment Policy Advocacy Fund, a multi-year grant program funded by First 5 LA that supports grassroots policy advocacy on park equity, transportation justice, and food justice in Los Angeles County. Since 2013, Rachel has managed the Healthy, Equitable, Active Land Use (HEALU) Network, a network of allies working to promote health equity in land use planning decisions and public finance measures. Rachel is an experienced grant writer and has co-authored publications on park equityhealthy development without displacementwater equity, and the intersection of land use and community safety. She is a proud native of Oakland, CA, where she and her husband are raising two vivacious daughters. Rachel earned dual master’s degrees in Public Health and Urban & Regional Planning from UCLA and a BA in Psychology from the University of California, Davis.