Rachel Stevenson MA

Director of Government Affairs, American Association of College of Nursing (AACN)

Rachel Stevenson joined the American Association of Colleges of Nursing (AACN) in June 2018 as the director of government affairs. She leads the association’s daily advocacy efforts and works closely with Members of Congress, their staff, coalitions, and AACN membership to advance health and health care through a nursing lens. Rachel compliments these efforts as the Executive Director of the Nursing Community Coalition, which is convened by AACN. The Nursing Community Coalition is a 63-member organization and represents a cross section of nursing education, practice, research, and regulation. Prior to her arrival at AACN, Rachel spent eight years as a legislative director and senior legislative assistant at Polsinelli and Wheat Government Relations, respectively. In those roles, she provided critical advice and advocacy on behalf of a wide-array of health care clients. Rachel also spent more than three years working on Capitol Hill and worked as a field organizer in Iowa. Rachel holds a Bachelors of Arts from American University in Political Science and Interdisciplinary Studies in Communication, Legal Institutions, Economics and Government, as well as a Masters of Arts from John Hopkins University in Global Security Studies. Rachel also teaches a course on the foundations of health systems and policy as an assistant adjunct professor at Georgetown University School of Nursing and Health Studies.