Rachel is a recovering Executive Director and hopeless romantic who has worked every side of the Rubik’s cube that is the nonprofit sector. Her passion for fundraising is so intense she has been registered as an alternative energy source by the Department of Energy.
When she was just 26 years old, Rachel founded Girlstart, a non-profit dedicated to empowering girls in math, science, engineering and technology. She started Girlstart in the living room of her apartment with $500 and a credit card.
A winner of Oprah Winfrey’s Use Your Life award, Rachel is a three time finalist for Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award, was named “Outstanding Fundraising Executive of the Year” by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and one of Fast Company Magazines “Fast 50″ Champions of Innovation.
Rachel has been featured in CosmoGIRL!, Texas Monthly, Glamour, and The Dallas Morning News, and most recently Fundraising Success Magazine. Today she leads custom training and board retreats that reliably turn participants into confident, successful fundraisers.