About
Rachel Rossi

“If we want a new vision of justice, we can’t stick to the same old playbook. We need a new kind of District Attorney.”

Rachel Rossi
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Bethany University, B.A. 2005

Pepperdine Law School, J.D. 2009

Rachel Rossi

Rachel Rossi is the first former public defender to run for Los Angeles County District Attorney. She has spent her career fighting for marginalized communities as a public defender in L.A.’s state and federal courts, and through criminal justice reform as criminal justice policy expert. Her combined litigation and policy experience uniquely position Rachel to bring true change to LA’s broken criminal justice system.

As a public defender, Rachel defended Angelenos in the trenches in the Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles, both with the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office and the Alternate Public Defender’s Office. She then defended the people of Los Angeles as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California. Rachel conducted vigorous litigation in these roles, including drafting and arguing motions and conducting numerous jury trials. As a public defender, Rachel defended clients who — all to often — suffered from mental illness, substance use disorders and poverty, and daily witnessed the stark racial disparities of the system. She handled a wide range of cases, from charges of sleeping on the sidewalk against our houseless neighbors, to immigration related offenses, insider trading, fraud, narcotics and gun trafficking, and complex litigation including RICO conspiracy charges. Working in both state and Federal courts, Rachel gained comprehensive expertise on L.A.’s layers of criminal justice systems, including the many local and federal law enforcement agencies and prosecutorial agencies that intersect in our County.

Rachel then worked on criminal justice policy in Washington, D.C. on the House and Senate sides, to reform criminal justice systems nationally and in California. As Counsel to Senator Richard J. Durbin, the Democratic Whip, on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Rachel worked on multiple nomination hearings, including those for Supreme Court Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, and was a lead staffer on the largest major federal criminal justice reform bill signed into law, which enacted comprehensive sentencing and prison reforms and has resulted in thousands of people being released from federal prison to date.

As Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee, Rachel worked with the Democratic Majority on efforts to develop the next steps in criminal justice reform nationally. She worked with Judiciary Chairman Rep. Jerry Nadler and Judiciary Crime Sub-Committee Chair Rep. Karen Bass on drafting legislation and holding Congressional hearings on criminal justice issues, including on the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, the need for criminal justice reform, issues faced by women in the criminal justice system, reducing firearm violence, combatting hate crimes, and a Los Angeles field hearing on California’s criminal justice reforms.

On the IssuesA New Vision.

Mental Health

Homelessness

Crime

Immigration

Decriminalize Poverty

Fight Racism

More About RachelA Career of Service

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Keeping It Local
Rachel lived in Azusa and Claremont with her family while attending Claremont High School in the San Gabriel Valley.
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L.A. County Public Defender
Rachel Rossi served as a public defender in Los Angeles County between 2011-2014, where she defended clients in criminal proceedings in the Superior Court for the County of Los Angeles.
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Alternate County Public Defender
After two years with the main Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office, Rachel was recruited to the Alternate Public Defender’s Office which handles cases where the public defender has a conflict of interest.
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Federal Public Defender
Rachel served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender from 2014-2019, where she defended the people of Los Angeles County in federal court--including in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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House Counsel, Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, and Homeland Security
Rachel temporarily worked on criminal justice policy in Washington, D.C. on the House and Senate sides. As Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Judiciary Committee, she led the Democratic Majority's efforts to develop the next steps in criminal justice reform nationally. She worked with Judiciary Chairman Jerry Nadler and Judiciary Crime SubCommittee Chair Karen Bass on drafting criminal justice reform legislation and holding Congressional hearings on the need for criminal justice reform, including a hearing on California's criminal justice reforms, and a hearing on women and girls in the criminal justice system, where Piper Kerman of ``Orange is the New Black`` testified. Prior to the House Judiciary Committee, Rachel was Counsel to Senator Richard J. Durbin, the Democratic Whip, on criminal justice. Rachel worked on multiple nomination hearings, including those for Supreme Court Justices Gorsuch and Kavanaugh, and was the lead staffer on the First Step Act, the major federal criminal justice reform bill signed into law in December 2018. The First Step Act enacted comprehensive sentencing and prison reforms and has resulted in thousands of people being released from federal prison to date.

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