Rachel implements fundraising strategies and processes that maximize development effectiveness, efficiencies and overall workflow at the SIC and in the field. She leads Hillel’s Global Leadership’s Campaign Services team, overseeing all aspects of development-focused operations and prospect development, including data analysis and revenue forecasting, donor and gift-related data processing, fundraising research, and varied internal and external reporting activities.
After a long hiatus, Rachel returned to Hillel with more than 17 years of experience in the fundraising field. She has worked at top academic fundraising institutions, including University of Michigan, specializing in stewardship and donor relations, and Columbia University, focusing on training and gift planning. She most recently worked at The Ohio State University, creating the fundraising infrastructure for the Wexner Medical Center and then serving as senior strategic adviser for development, where she enabled senior leadership to make strategic data driven decisions across their 31 fundraising units.
Rachel was the first director of the Global Day of Jewish Learning, a day to engage Jewish communities throughout the world in Jewish learning. She began her career at the Schusterman International Center as a Tzedek Fellow. Rachel lives in Columbus, Ohio and will relocate to the D.C. over the summer with her husband Rabbi Benjamin Berger and their four daughters, Tovah, Avital, Eliana and Nili.