Founder & President • Fundamental, Inc
Rachel worked in philanthropy for almost twenty years before she launched Fundamental, a boutique philanthropic consulting firm, in 2013. Rachel’s career began in government and politics, with the goal of impacting social change through the public sector.
After working at the California State Treasurer's Office and on statewide political campaigns, Rachel was asked to help establish the Righteous Persons Foundation (RPF), a fund set up by film director Steven Spielberg. Rachel still serves as RPF’s Executive Director, while also managing a number of private foundations and grant portfolios on a range of issues, including: arts education, civic engagement, Jewish life, health care disparity, and economic development in Israel.
Rachel is the co-founder of Reboot, a national effort to engage young creatives and activists in an open examination of their cultural identity. She also co-founded Joshua Venture – a fellowship for social entrepreneurs. Rachel serves on the executive committee of Arts for All, a county-wide initiative focused on ensuring equal access to arts education across 81 school districts. She is a board member of the Jim Joseph Foundation and the Alliance for Justice and a board advisor to Inner-City Arts, City Year Los Angeles and Turnaround Arts California.
Rachel frequently lectures on issues of philanthropy and generational change and was the first recipient of the JJ Greenberg Award presented to professionals who have demonstrated extraordinary leadership in Jewish philanthropy. Rachel was a public policy fellow at the Coro Foundation and graduated magna cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania.