Place Four


Rachel L. Proctor, Councilmember for the City of DeSoto, Texas, was re-elected in a General Election to serve a full term in May 2014, making her the youngest African American woman to be elected to the DeSoto City Council thus far.  Ms. Proctor has been a resident of DeSoto for over 20 years and is a proud graduate of DeSoto High School. Currently, she serves as a board member for the Dallas County Child Welfare Board.  

Ms. Proctor is the Owner and Administrative Director of the Neighborhood Christian Learning Center of Dallas, Inc.  NCLC of Dallas is also a part of Dallas ISD’s School Readiness Integration Program and has been designated by the Texas Education Agency as a “Pre K Center of Excellence”!


She also owns and operates Raysquared, Inc.; a boutique business consulting firm that mentors and coaches budding entrepreneurs to help them create socially responsible businesses aimed at changing the world around them.

Rachel is very active in the community and her church, and volunteer’s regularly at various non-profit organizations in the Metroplex.  Moreover, Ms. Proctor is very passionate about giving back to DeSoto ISD.  Her love for her alma mater fueled her to launch a non-profit called EMERGE Leadership, Inc.  To date, ELI has provided students with scholarships totaling nearly $8,000 since its inception in 2013!

Ms. Proctor is also a renowned and sought after speaker, minister and productivity coach.  She pens an inspirational blog that teaches readers ways to live a purpose-filled, authentic life at        

She has been recognized by the Lancaster, Texas Chamber of Commerce as a leader to look out for in their “Top 40 Under Forty” 2013 Class.  She has also received the Steed Society Female Success Factor Award naming her as one of the “Top 25 Women of Dallas” for 2014 and the Mabel Chandler Distinguished Award from the Elite News for her service to Dallas County. She has also been awarded the South Dallas Business & Professional Women's Club Ombudswoman Award for her contributions to youth. She was voted “Best Elected Official” in the Focus Daily News Readers Choice Awards.  She was given the Community Service Award by the Old Chisholm Trail Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Rachel is also a 2015 DeSoto High School Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee! 

Rachel holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Texas at Arlington and she is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.