Rachel Post (she, her, hers) is a Senior Associate at TAC with over 20 years of experience designing and implementing innovative, evidence-based, and nationally recognized programs to improve the social determinants of health for vulnerable populations — including people exiting homelessness or incarceration and those with complex primary and behavioral health conditions. Prior to joining TAC, she served as Public Policy Director at Central City Concern in Portland, Oregon, where she led federal, state, and local advocacy efforts; built cross-system collaborations; and contributed to the city’s plan to end homelessness. Rachel designed and implemented the country’s first evidence-based supported employment program for people with primary substance use disorders exiting homelessness, and a program to expedite the acquisition of Supplemental Security Income benefits. The Housing First team in Portland that Rachel designed and implemented to serve individuals experiencing chronic homelessness received a SAMHSA Exemplary Program award; she also oversaw implementation and supervision of the Denver Housing First team at Colorado Coalition for the Homeless. Rachel has also contributed her expertise to Portland’s HUD-recognized recovery housing program, which serves individuals with primary substance use disorders who are exiting homelessness.
Rachel has presented at housing and health care conferences nationwide and in a congressional briefing, and has served as an adjunct professor at Portland State University. She has engaged with federal, state, and local officials, and with community-based organizations and coalitions, to create and sustain successful policy, programs, and cross-system initiatives.