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Dr. Rachel MacMaster

Data Analyst

Dr. Rachel MacMaster is the data analyst for the Office of Sixty by 30. Before joining the Sixty by 30 team, she spent four years as the senior institutional research analyst at Mott Community College in Flint, Michigan. Her passions in higher education revolve around supporting increased college access for underserved groups and improving student success through data-informed decision-making processes. She is excited to be able to apply her experience with higher education data analytics to promote lasting positive change for Michigan’s adult learners.

Rachel was born and raised in northeast lower Michigan; it was living in a region with limited higher education options that instilled in her the importance of accessible high-quality education for all who seek it. She attended Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and women’s and gender studies in 2014. She earned her Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in political science, with an emphasis on American politics, from Syracuse University in Syracuse, New York in 2016 and 2021 respectively.  She successfully convinced her husband, a New Jersey native, to settle down in Michigan, where they have two children a son and daughter.