About Me

I never believed that story. I thought by the time the sun was exhausted, men would find a substitute.

Dagny Taggart, Atlas Shrugged, Part 1, Chapter 7, Page 171

Rachel Ayn Pickens was born on June 12, 1987 in Westchester County, New York. She attended the Hackley School, a preparatory school in Tarrytown, New York, then went on to college in Massachusetts at Wellesley College, alma mater of notables such as Hillary Clinton, Madeleine Albright, Madame Chiang Kai-Shek, and Diane Sawyer. She studied East Asian Studies with a minor in Psychology. Immediately following school, she went to work for a jewelry designer in Manhattan and lived in Gravesend in Brooklyn, New York for three years. Always intending to return to her policy and service background, she left her managerial position to take an internship with the Washington, DC think tank the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS).

After five months with the think tank, she took a job with the Irene W. and C.B. Pennington Foundation, a family foundation based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She currently works as the Program Officer with the foundation.

An avid linguist and travel enthusiast, Rachel Ayn speaks a handful of foreign languages, and she has traveled within Europe and lived in Japan for three months. She is a former competitive gymnast and horseback rider, and studied theater and art in high school and college. Her favorite authors include J.R.R. Tolkien, Brandon Sanderson, Jane Austen, Alison Weir, and Michael Ian Black.

She is also a big fan of the Backstreet Boys and Leonardo DiCaprio, and has no regrets.

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