Director of Learning and Impact
What I am most proud of: My creative and fun family, who remind me every day what’s most important in this life (no boys…not video games…connecting with each other!).
I do what I do because: There’s always more to learn, and the evidence is out there! And if learning is accessible and empowering, change happens faster.
Rachel joins Community Wealth Partners as the first Director of Learning and Impact. She leads the design and testing of learning and performance measurement systems so the Community Wealth Partners team and our clients and partners better understand what it takes to solve social problems. Rachel has over 20 years of experience developing program, research, and network development strategy for social sector organizations. With a focus on building momentum around systems-changing initiatives supported and championed by philanthropy, her core areas of expertise include performance measurement and evaluation; learning systems and educational product design; quantitative and qualitative research; organizational change strategy; communications; and institutional partnership-building. Rachel developed her own consulting practice, providing thought leadership, strategy, and measurement and evaluation services to clients like Grantmakers for Effective Organizations, the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, and Independent Sector. Prior to consulting, she designed research-based programs and advanced thought leadership on philanthropy and social innovation as a vice president at the Council on Foundations, and as a director at the Aspen and Urban Institutes before that. Rachel is an author and editor of critical volumes on social entrepreneurship and public policy and has served on several nonprofit committees and boards, including the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action. Rachel has a Masters of Public Administration, with a concentration in analysis and evaluation, from the George Washington University and a BA with High Honors from the College of William and Mary, where she was a Presidential Scholar.