Who are you?
I’m Rachel Conrad, Communications Specialist at Rappahannock Electric Cooperative (REC) in Fredericksburg, Virginia.
How long have you worked with cooperatives?
I began working with cooperatives in January 2017 as an intern at REC. I worked remotely from campus and when home for summer break while in undergrad. I was hired in October 2019.
Describe your role.
I do a mix of internal and external communications. Internally, I keep information on the intranet up-to-date and create the content for the internal message boards. Externally, my biggest responsibility, I create the content for our social media platforms – Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and now LinkedIn. I also write emails, media release, and “PSAs” (community event highlights); as well as help out with events like Get Connected and our Annual Meeting.
What do you enjoy about working with cooperatives?
I enjoy the care and support that employees receive. REC is big in the community, so it has a family feel to it, both internally and externally.
When did you join CCA? Why?
I joined CCA at the beginning of 2020. As a young professional, the CCA is a great organization that offers valuable resources.
Did anything surprise you about CCA?
Yes, the expansive community of cooperative communicators.
What’s been your favorite thing about CCA?
The resources – great for someone new to the field!
What are your hobbies and interests?
I love working out! I work out at Orangetheory Fitness and use it as a place to grow stronger and challenge myself. I also enjoy traveling. I studied abroad in London, England, for three months and traveled to seven other countries while there – and the travel bug is contagious! I try to be crafty, from embroidery to restoring old wooden furniture.
Do you have a “bucket list”? What are some of the things on that list?
The biggest thing on my bucket list is to travel, both domestic and international. Currently, I’m planning on traveling back to Scotland in 2021 – a weekend in Edinburgh was not enough! In 2019, I ran my first 5k. I dropped nine minutes off of my initial time at my second race. By the end of 2020 I would love to participate in a 10k.
Give us something about yourself that is surprising or that most people don’t know.
Technically, I am a black belt in Taekwondo. I earned it way back in fourth grade!
Email Rachel HERE.