Rachael received her Bachelor of Science degree in International Relations with a Civil Engineering track from the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. She received her MBA from the Ross School of Business at University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.
After graduating from West Point, Rachael served for over ten years on Active Duty in the Army as a Military Intelligence Officer, and a few years in the Army Reserves. In the Army, Rachael served as a Platoon Leader, Company Commander, Comptroller, Intelligence Planner, and Assistant Professor. Rachael deployed for one year to Baghdad where she served as a Corps Intelligence Planner. Rachael closed our her Army career as a Major teaching Army ROTC to cadets in Michigan. Rachael was inspired to serve by her Grandma who served in the Navy in the WAVES during WWII.
After receiving her MBA and leaving the military, Rachael began working for ExxonMobil. Rachael focused on commercial work starting with economic modeling and valuation of Upstream natural gas and power projects. She then moved into her own portfolio of pipeline industrial gas agreements for US refineries and chemicals complexes. Rachael’s last role at ExxonMobil required standing up and managing global sourcing procurement teams in India and China. Rachael is now Director of Procurement Functional Excellence for Cubic.
Rachael has been married to Jeff Smith for over 20 years, and has 3 children, Keegan, Faith and Gideon. Most of Rachael’s time outside work is dedicated to caring for her family and supporting their various interests. Keegan is at Texas A&M, and Faith and Gideon are in high school. Keegan plays tennis, Gideon plays football and Faith is very active in FFA and raising livestock.
Rachael began volunteering at Henry’s Home as part of the veterans’ employee resource group at ExxonMobil. Rachael found it to be a true sanctuary, welcoming and nurturing, a place she could be herself and connect with other people, animals, and nature.