Rachel Lyons is the senior government affairs manager for workplace programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families. Lyons joined the National Partnership in 2011 and is responsible for coordinating federal education and advocacy on workplace policies, including paid sick days, paid family and medical leave, expansion of the Family and Medical Leave Act, fair pay and pregnancy nondiscrimination.
Lyons has more than a decade of experience developing and implementing advocacy programs to engage women and managing outreach activity for progressive organizations and political campaigns. Prior to joining the National Partnership, Lyons served as director of public policy for the Business and Professional Women’s Foundation where she directed lobbying and grassroots efforts in support of pay equity, work and family policy, women veterans and green jobs. Lyons has worked for numerous progressive political and advocacy organizations including Planned Parenthood, NARAL Pro-Choice America and the National Education Association and on political campaigns in New Hampshire, Missouri, Colorado and Arizona. Lyons has also served as director of the American Arts Alliance — a coalition of national nonprofit performing arts organizations.
Lyons has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of Colorado at Boulder and a Master of Arts in philosophy and social policy from the George Washington University.