Author Bio
HNN columnist

Rachel Humphrey is the Interim President and Chief Executive Officer of AAHOA, the nation's largest hotel owners association. Rachel joined AAHOA in 2015 as Vice President and Managing Attorney for Franchise Relations after more than 20 years as a trial lawyer, representing franchisees and other small businesses. She was named as one of “Georgia’s Legal Elite: The State’s Most Effective Lawyers,” for general litigation in 2010, 2011, and 2013 by Georgia Trend Magazine. Rachel quickly rose to the position of Chief Operating Officer where she was responsible for AAHOA’s day-to-day operations, managing its franchise and industry partner relations, and overseeing the association's education initiatives. Rachel is also a member of AAHOA’s Executive Leadership Team and was named by Hotel Management as one of the “2018 Influential Women in Hospitality.” 

Rachel serves on the Podium Committee at the Castell Project Inc., part of an effort to increase the presence of women speakers at hospitality industry events. She also serves on the HX Advisory Board, ALIS Planning Committee, and ALIS Law Planning Committee. Rachel holds a bachelor’s degree from Connecticut College and a J.D. from Syracuse University College of Law. She lives in Atlanta with her husband and two children.