Committed to Claremont

Rachel Leigh Forester is a dedicated Claremont native deeply ingrained in the fabric of her community. Rachel's journey began in the heart of Claremont in 1979. She walked the halls of Oakmont, Sumner, Condit, and El Roble, graduating from Claremont High School in 1998 before pursuing a hairstyling career at Citrus College.


Rachel's commitment to her hometown is evident in her career and civic engagement. She held various jobs in Claremont during her youth, from delivering the Los Angeles Times as a 12-year-old with a paper route to working at local businesses like Wolfe's Market, Carducci's Tuxedo, and Podges Claremont Juice Co. Her passion for hairstyling led her to become a hairstyling educator and creative director in Los Angeles before returning to Claremont, where she established herself as a local hairdresser, working in two village salons and eventually running her own hairstyling business.


Rachel’s devotion to the community has led her to serve in diverse roles in Claremont. She has been a Girl Scout troop leader, Claremont Community and Human Services commissioner, a board member of the Claremont Educational Foundation, past president and board member of the League of Women Voters Mt. Baldy area, and a volunteer tree steward with Sustainable Claremont. She is deeply engaged in Claremont schools, serving on Equity and Inclusion committees, Parent Faculty Associations, School Site councils, and booster groups. Sometimes, you'll find her directing traffic or gardening at Sycamore Elementary.


Between work and community service, Rachel finds joy in cooking, gardening, arts and crafts, karaoke, and choir. Her husband Jorge and their children, Helena, Juliette, and Ossie, are the cornerstone of her life. Her parents, John and Lynn Forester, instilled in Rachel the values and commitment to service that drive her today within the framework of their dedicated service to the Claremont community, CUSD, and the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.


Rachel's lineage reflects Claremont's history, with grandparents who left their mark on Claremont in the citrus industry by growing, packing, and hauling citrus. Her family has been part of the community since the late 1890s, a legacy that has shaped her enduring commitment to the town she cherishes.