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.
Her professional leadership experience spans advocacy, grant-making, fundraising, communications, events and CRM systems management.
Rachael is a current Board Member of Flat Out, and began working on criminal justice partnerships at the Paul Ramsay Foundation in 2022. Before joining the Paul Ramsay Foundation, she managed the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust (the grant-making arm of the Victorian Women’s Trust), and ran her own consultancy practice for more than five years, where she supported for-purpose organisations to develop and implement strategies relating to advocacy, fundraising and grant-making.
She has worked at, consulted to and/or served on the board of a range of civil society and philanthropic organisations, including: the Law & Justice Funders Network, Reichstein Foundation, Human Rights Law Centre, Justice Connect, Refugee Legal, Lawyers For Animals, Reprieve Australia (now known as Capital Punishment Justice Project) and is a former Convenor of the Victorian Gay & Lesbian Rights Lobby (now known as Victorian Pride Lobby).