Rachael HaileSelasse, MADevelopment Director

Rachael has a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from The American University of Paris and a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations from the University of Oregon. She studied Human Rights Law, Diplomacy, Anthropology, Political Science, and Feminist Studies. These disciplines inform her advocacy as well as her approach to systems change towards inclusion and high quality-of-life outcomes.

From working in refugee resettlement in Seattle to education advocacy in Ethiopia and architecture in Bucks County, Rachael has a multi-disciplinary tool box from which she builds community and designs programs and systems. In Ethiopia, Rachael launched a project to provide rural families with comprehensive support towards keeping their children in school. Both as a Grant Manager in Seattle and as a Project Manager in Doylestown, Rachael galvanized her role as a liaison and compliance monitor, helping to create community and consensus around delivering excellent services. Over the last 13 years, Rachael has volunteered at a humane society, a women’s shelter, a non-profit collective, multiple schools, The ACLU, and Montgomery County. She is known for successful advocacy campaigns and out-of-the box problem solving.

While not at work, Rachael rides her bike around the streets of Philadelphia looking at murals and always seeking a good cup of coffee.