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Washington, D.C. (May 13,2024) – Veteran government relations executive Rachel Pollock has been appointed Arnold Ventures’ vice president of external affairs, bringing her extensive experience in the federal government and advocacy community to the organization’s evidence-based commitment to finding solutions to America’s most pressing problems.

Pollock leads a team based in Houston and Washington, D.C. that is responsible for overseeing the philanthropy’s strategies for building relationships with policymakers at the local, state, and federal levels and uniting coalitions with different perspectives around data-driven policy solutions. 

Rachel is a uniquely effective policy advocate, and her joining AV demonstrates our dedication to building high-level relationships for impactful, scalable, sustainable change,” said James Williams, executive vice president of advocacy, communications, and external affairs at Arnold Ventures. We’re excited to welcome her as a new leader to engage lawmakers on policy solutions backed by rigorous research that would create meaningful, sustainable change for struggling Americans.”

Prior to joining Arnold Ventures, Pollock was vice president of ACT for NIH, where she led efforts to make biomedical research funding a national priority. Before that, she served in leadership positions in the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and the White House Office of Management and Budget. 

Arnold Ventures plays a critical role in filling information gaps and building bipartisan bridges so that policymakers can measurably improve the lives of people and communities across the country,” said Pollock. I am excited to work with this truly excellent team as they take on the tough challenges facing our nation.”

Arnold Ventures is a philanthropy dedicated to tackling some of the most pressing problems in the United States with a team of more than 120 subject-matter experts headquartered in Houston with offices in New York and Washington, D.C. It works in five key issue areas: Criminal Justice, Education, Health, Infrastructure, and Public Finance. Its work is guided by Evidence-Based Policy, Research, and Advocacy.

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