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Rachel Zummo

  • Hosted by Texas RioGrande Legal Aid, Inc.
  • Sponsored by Disaster Recovery Legal Corps
  • Service location Austin, Texas
  • Issue area Disaster Recovery, Housing/Homelessness
  • Fellowship class year 2018
  • Program Disaster Recovery Legal Corps

The Project

Rachel Zummo is an Equal Justice Works Fellow serving in the Disaster Recovery Legal Corps (DRLC). Rachel has extensive experience with both the direct services and community development aspects of disaster assistance law. She has served disaster survivors since 2016 and understands deeply many of the issues that these populations face in recovery. Her longstanding passion for environmental justice informs her community development advocacy for fair housing and equitable resilience. Rachel has worked as a Staff Attorney, and later as a Team Manager, at Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid in Austin since 2016, where she addressed the legal needs of natural disaster survivors through direct services and community advocacy. Rachel is a 2016 graduate of the University of Texas School of Law. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Texas at Austin.

Rachel’s project addresses ongoing housing and economic needs from Hurricane Harvey. She provides legal services to residents of counties in south and west Texas directly impacted by natural disasters, with a focus on direct representation of low-income individuals in housing matters. Rachel works to build coalitions and institutional knowledge to support the program’s response to future disasters and participates in larger-scale advocacy efforts, both for Harvey long-term recovery efforts as well as ongoing efforts focused on disaster preparedness and new responses.


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