Rachael is living and working on the unceded land of the Wurundjeri people.
Having experienced parental incarceration throughout her childhood, Rachael developed a long-standing commitment to supporting community initiatives concerned with challenging systems of oppression. Her father died after a police initiated contact in 2019 and there is an ongoing coronial investigation into his death.
Since 2017 she has been consulting on strategy, advocacy, fundraising, grant-making, event management and CRM systems — from scope of work development through to implementation. She also works at the Victorian Women’s Trust, managing their grant-making program.
Prior to this she spent the better part of a decade working at, volunteering with and/or serving on the board of a range of civil society organisations, including: the Human Rights Law Centre, Justice Connect, Refugee Legal, Reichstein Foundation, Eastern Health Foundation, GiveOUT, Lawyers For Animals, Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby (now known as Victorian Pride Lobby) and Reprieve Australia (now known as Capital Punishment Justice Project).
Notably, she spent three years from 2018 until 2021 as the inaugural manager of the philanthropic Law & Justice Funders Network; a loose network of approximately 45 Australian philanthropic trusts, foundations and individual donors with a shared interest in informed strategic funding in the law and justice space.