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Rachael Slobodien

  • Manager, Media Affairs

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.

Slobodien 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 advocacy group.

In addition 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.

Slobodien 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.

Slobodien 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. She 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.

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