Rachel Baker

Director of Learning and Field Building, the Haas Leadership Initiatives, a project of the Tides Center

Rachel works to strengthen the field of leadership development for social change.

Rachel directs the Haas Leadership Initiatives’ efforts to reflect on and share lessons from our investments in strengthening individual, organizational and movement leadership.

Before taking on her current role, Rachel served as a strategy and communications consultant with the Haas, Jr. Fund since 2012. During that time, she played a critical role on the Haas Leadership Initiative team, with a focus on evaluation, learning and building the field of nonprofit leadership development. Rachel also helped lead the emerging work to strengthen fundraising in the social sector.

Rachel draws on more than 25 years as a creative and strategic thinker in the field of youth development. Among her strengths are program design and implementation, fundraising and evaluation. Rachel was the co-founder and deputy director of Coaching Corps, a Haas, Jr. Fund grantee that promotes youth development through afterschool sports and physical activity. She also served as interim director of research at SeeChange Evaluation and as an evaluator with Public/Private Ventures.

Rachel speaks Catalan, Danish and Spanish. She obtained a master’s degree in city planning from M.I.T. and a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Bryn Mawr College.

Rachel is an employee of the Tides Center, fiscal sponsor of the Haas Leadership Initiatives.

Rachel Baker

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