Rachel Salem Pauley
Director of Government Programs
Rachel Salem Pauley is the Director of Government Programs at Social Justice Initiatives. As Director, she develops programming designed to expose students to a vast array of career opportunities in federal, state and local government. She also oversees the DC Externship, which places students in federal agencies for a semester, and teaches the Externship’s experiential learning component. In addition, she co-teaches the Externship on Government Anti-Corruption Agencies. Advising students and graduates is also a part of Rachel’s job. She has counseled hundreds of students and alumni on government and professional development career opportunities.
As an attorney, Rachel has extensive experience in the public sector. Most recently, she served as the Director of Training and Special Investigative Counsel for the New York State Inspector General, where she also ran the internship program. Prior to her employment at the Inspector General, Rachel was the Confidential Assistant for Legal Matters for the New York State Attorney General and a member of the Public Integrity Bureau. She also clerked for two New York State judges. Rachel began her career as an Assistant District Attorney in the Domestic Violence Bureau of the Kings County District Attorney’s office. Rachel serves on the New York City Bar’s Criminal Law Committee.
Rachel, a native Washingtonian, graduated from Fordham University School of Law, where she was a Stein Scholar in Public Interest Law and Ethics and an Archibald R. Murray Public Service Awardee. She earned a joint Bachelor’s/Master’s degree from Columbia University, where she attended Barnard College and the School of International & Public Affairs. In 2009, she was named one of Columbia University’s 25 Most Influential Athletic Alumnae.
Office: Big Warren 805
To make an appointment with Rachel, please do so via Symplicity.