Rachel fosters a collaborative approach in any project she leads, along with her expertise in collaboration evaluation, design and program implementation skills. Rachel’s work in research, development, and strategic thinking over the last 13 years, has focused on strengthening the infrastructure of nonprofit organizations. With an acute ability to action research and apply evaluative principles, Rachel has helped guide organizations and projects toward meaningful impact. She brings these skills to her new position with ASG and Community Potential.
Rachel’s extensive experience in knowledge translation was developed through her work with various stakeholders in sectors as diverse as justice/restorative justice, homelessness, advocacy, food security, youth services, older adult services, and education.
Some of the organizations across Niagara and in the Wellington/Waterloo area that Rachel has worked for include: Niagara Poverty Reduction Network, Niagara Connects, InCommunities, Coalition to End Violence Against Women, Niagara Food Security Network, Niagara Community Foundation, Community Justice Initiatives (Kitchener), Wyndham House (Guelph).
Rachel holds a master’s degree in history from the University of Guelph, where she studied social movement theory and issues related to public policy and social justice. She is adept at applying historical context and policy to help create meaning and understanding of current social issues.