About Me


Rachel L. Proctor was elected as the 22nd Mayor of the City of DeSoto, TX in February 2021 and re-elected in May 2022 for her first official term.  She was first elected to the DeSoto City Council in a Special Election in March 2013. During her time on Council, she served as the Mayor Pro Tem from May 2016 until May 2019.
Mayor Proctor is a proud DeSoto High School graduate, Class of 1999. 

Mayor Proctor has held numerous leadership positions in DeSoto and Dallas County which include service to the: 
  • STAR Transit Primary Member Place 3
  • African American Mayors Association Board of Trustees
  • Texas Council Governments
  • Dallas Regional Mobility Coalition Board Member
  • Metroplex Mayors Association Member
  • Mayors Against Illegal Guns Alliance
  • Best Southwest Partnership Executive Board Member
  • Dallas County Child Welfare Board, the Leadership Southwest Board, Liaison to the DeSoto Economic Development Corporation and service to the DeSoto Public Library Advisory Board.

Mayor Proctor is the Owner and Administrative Director of the Neighborhood Christian Learning Center of Dallas, Inc. NCLC of Dallas has been owned and operated by Rachel’s family for nearly 30 years.

Mayor Proctor is a two-time published author as well as a host of multiple live events to help women entrepreneurs get their start in business and leadership. Community service is at the heart of everything she does. Her love for her alma mater, DeSoto High School, fueled her to launch a non-profit called EMERGE Leadership, Inc. (ELI) which to date, has provided young women with scholarships totaling nearly $25,000 since its inception.

She has been recognized numerous times which include:
  • Dallas Business Journal as an inductee in the 2016 "Top 40 Under 40" Class,
  • 2015 DeSoto High School Alumni Hall of Fame Inductee, 
  • She is also a recipient of the 27th Annual Distinguished African-American Alumni Award presented by the University of Texas at Arlington African American Alumni Chapter
  • She is also an honorary member of the DeSoto Golden Voices Choir.

Mayor Proctor 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.