Rachael Seidenschnur Slobodien works closely with Heritage policy analysts to raise awareness of Heritage research projects by building relationships with reporters, commentators and other
media representatives. Slobodien currently focuses on media outreach for two of
Heritage’s key policy initiatives – Energy &
Environment and Rule of Law.
returned to Heritage in 2010 as senior associate in Editorial Services after working as communications
manager for the National Taxpayers Union (NTU), the nation’s largest taxpayer
to being a spokesman for NTU, she implemented a media strategy that resulted in
many op-ed placements and hundreds of interviews. She spearheaded and executed a
complete revamp of NTU’s website.
previously served as press secretary to then-Rep. Barbara Cubin (R-Wyo.). She
gained extensive knowledge of energy issues facing Wyoming as well as the nation. Besides acting as spokesman for the congresswoman,
Slobodien wrote and placed opinion pieces in state and national newspapers.During that time, she also worked in
the media department of the 2008 Republican National Convention.
first went to Capitol Hill as an assistant to Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner, Jr.
(R-Wis.) after working in Heritage’s Communications Department as executive
assistant to the vice president.
initially joined Heritage as a summer intern. (She was featured in The New York Times’ Page One article
about the internship program and
appeared on C-SPAN’s “Washington Journal.”) As a college student, she also
interned at the White House and with two lawmakers from her home state of
Arkansas: then-Sen. Tim Hutchinson and Rep. John
Boozman, who was elected to the Senate in 2010.
A native of
Little Rock, Slobodien holds a bachelor of arts
degree in politics and religion from
Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., where she graduated cum laude -- and with
honors in her religion studies.
She and her
husband currently reside in Alexandria, Va., with their cat, William F. Buckley Jr., and
their dog, Winston Churchill.