Rachel has more than 12 years of experience working in fundraising and communications, including serving global organizations such as CARE, The Hunger Project, and the United Nations Population Fund. International development and conservation have been the primary focus of her career, and she has worked, studied and traveled throughout Latin America, Africa, and Asia.
Rachel currently works as a Director at Elevate — a fast-growing DC company that builds smart, sustainable grant programs to help local and national nonprofits succeed. Prior to joining Elevate, Rachel worked as a Senior Writer at World Wildlife Fund and as the Director of Development at Minds. She is passionate about bringing mindfulness to students, parents, and teachers in the city.
Rachel was born in DC and grew up on the coast of North Carolina. She graduated cum laude from Kenyon College and earned a Master of Public Administration from Columbia University. She is now pursuing a Master of Social Work at Catholic University with the ultimate goal of offering therapeutic support to individuals and families. Rachel has sat a number of extended silent meditation retreats and taught meditation classes in DC for several years. Without a doubt, she would be a great deal more lost, cranky, and generally unhappy without mindfulness practice. Exploring the mind and heart is a continual source of joy and curiosity in her life.