Rae is originally from Lexington, Kentucky. After high school, she headed west to the Bay Area, where she completed her BA in Economics with Honors and Distinction at Stanford University. At Stanford, she studied art and the Italian language in Florence, Italy and earned membership in Phi Beta Kappa. Rae tutored economics at Stanford and also served as a teaching assistant in intermediate microeconomics. She also was a peer advisor for the Stanford economics department. Her thesis focused on how demand for the HPV vaccine changes with cervical cancer rates. After graduation, she moved to Yale University to be a health economics research assistant. Currently, Rae is completing premedical requirements as a post-baccalaureate student at the University of Idaho.
Outside of her studies, Rae enjoys exploring her new home of the Pacific Northwest and figure drawing. Rae is preparing to be a volunteer EMT with the Moscow Ambulance Company, and volunteers at the local hospital.