Startup exec, Michigan leader's daughter, killed in crash


By: Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The daughter of longtime Michigan Democratic political figure and ex-state Sen. Gilda Jacobs has died in the crash of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia.

Thirty-nine-year-old Rachel Jacobs earlier was reported missing after Tuesday evening’s crash.

Her family says in a statement that Jacobs “was a wonderful mother, daughter, sister, wife and friend” who was devoted to family and social justice.

Rachel Jacobs grew up in suburban Detroit and was chief executive of Philadelphia-based ApprenNet, an education startup. She lived in New York with her husband and 2-year-old son.

Gilda Jacobs is chief executive of the Michigan League for Public Policy, which first confirmed her daughter’s death.

ApprenNet’s website says Rachel Jacobs has a BA from Swarthmore College and MBA from Columbia University and worked at McGraw-Hill and Ascend Learning.