Hailing from the Monaro Plains, Rachel Clarke’s first job was working as an unpaid farm hand on the family property. Since then, Rachel has spent over 15 years working in natural resource management, most recently with the Murray Darling Basin Authority (MDBA). Key areas of work at the MDBA included working on the 2020 Evaluation of the Basin Plan, working with landholders and councils to explore and address constraints to overbank flows on the Lower Darling and Murray Rivers, and leading the community engagement for the review of the water recovery target in the Northern Basin. Rachel also spent a number of years working in communications and engagement with ACTEW (now Icon) Water, including leading the communications and community engagement on the Murrumbidgee to Googong Water Transfer and Cotter Dam projects. Rachel also spent three years working as a social scientist at ABARES, on research including community perceptions of cane toads, the drivers of agritourism, and engagement in biosecurity. Early in her career, Rachel worked as a Landcare coordinator in Kerang in northern Victoria, and as a project manager with Murrumbidgee CMA in Wagga Wagga. Rachel has an honours degree in Science (Resource and Environmental Management) from the Australian National University, and a Master of Arts (Journalism) from Charles Sturt University.