The work at CCS is incredibly rewarding. I am empowered by both our clients and colleagues to amplify strategic thinking and shape philanthropy to support the communities we serve. Through our partnerships, we play a pivotal role in effecting change.

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Rachel is an accomplished fundraising professional with over a decade of experience. Along with a master’s degree in Public Administration, she holds a wealth of expertise in crafting and executing major gift strategies, developing and advancing prospect pipelines, optimizing development operations, and designing effective staffing structures. Rachel excels in navigating complex relationships, implementing systematic approaches to enhance performance, and guiding cross-functional teams to achieve results.

At CCS, Rachel’s contributions have been instrumental in conducting successful feasibility and planning studies, campaign management partnerships, development and leadership onboarding and transitions, board and volunteer trainings, and interim development management. Throughout her career, Rachel has supported, managed, or led more than 10 development teams and campaigns, collectively raising nearly $200 million to fund important causes in New England and New York. Rachel’s dedication to mission-driven work, belief in the transformative power of philanthropy, and proven track record make her an invaluable asset to our team.

In addition to supporting her clients, Rachel leads a mid-level leadership initiative on CCS’s Northeast US team and serves on the Working Parents and Caregivers Committee. Outside of CCS, Rachel holds a board position with DREAM and committee roles with Women in Development Greater Boston and Cristo Rey Boston. Rachel is a Cape Cod native and now resides in Boston with her husband, daughter, and their dog.

select client partners

  • American School for the Deaf
  • Boston Latin Academy
  • Buckingham Browne & Nichols School
  • Central Maine Healthcare
  • Champlain College
  • Dublin School
  • Lawrence Academy
  • The National Women’s Hall of Fame
  • New Commonwealth Racial Equity and Social Justice Fund (NCF)
  • Northeastern University
  • The Preservation Society of Newport County
  • Women’s Suffrage National Monument Foundation


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