Rachel Toker is Founder and President of Urban Ecosystem Restorations, Inc., a nonprofit urban land trust focused on creating and protecting green spaces that perform integrated ecosystem functions within private developments in the Washington, D.C. region. Ms. Toker has over fifteen years of experience in commercial and multi-family real estate development, public-private partnerships, the revitalization of underserved urban areas, and sustainability initiatives, including the development of green residential and commercial uses. With a background in transactional real estate law, she has experience representing private real estate developers, equity investors, governmental and quasi-governmental entities, and nonprofit organizations. Ms. Toker is a LEED accredited professional, serves as a board member of the Greater Sandy Spring Green Space conservation land trust, and has been certified by the North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension as a Certified Stormwater BMP Inspection & Maintenance Professional.
In addition to her work with Urban Ecosystem Restorations, Ms. Toker provided legal and consulting services to the Redevelopment Authority of Prince George’s County, Maryland, on green building initiatives and affordable housing programs, from October 2013 – June 2015. She previously served as an attorney in private practice at Bocarsly Emden Cowan Esmail & Arndt LLP, a boutique law firm specializing in low-income housing tax credit investments, and in the real estate practice group at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C. She has served in government at the Office of Chief Counsel in the Economic Development Administration (within the United States Department of Commerce); the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation, an instrumentality of the District of Columbia government; and the Real Estate Section of the Office of the Attorney General for the District of Columbia. Before starting in private practice, she served as a judicial law clerk to the Hon. Myron H. Bright of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. She received her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, a Master in Public Policy degree from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and her B.A., with University Honors and Distinction, from Stanford University.