Senior Communications Manager[email protected]
Rachel Leonidas is a marketing and advancement professional, with a decade of experience in elevating brands, engaging donors, and managing programs for non-profit organizations on a range of issues to include closing the achievement gap to addressing food insecurity in school-age children.
Prior to Proinspire, Rachel has spent six years impacting education in the public charter school sector with a career highlight of helping to establish Washington DC’s first school-based My Brother’s Keeper program at Paul Public Charter School.
In 2016, Rachel directed her experience to raise awareness and resources, to help families still rebuilding from the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Her campaign resulted in over seven successful impact trips rendering medical support and establishing a sustainable food ecosystem for nearing schools in the remote regions of Les Cayes, Haiti. In 2019, Rachel moved to southern Africa and spent a year living and working on similar projects in Zambia, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.
Rachel holds a Bachelor’s and Master of Arts in Communication and Public Affairs from Columbus State and Bowie State University respectively. Rachel is an educator who teaches interpersonal, intercultural, and public speaking courses to first-generation college students. She also conducts training on the importance of civic engagement, global citizenry, and the value of everyday philanthropy.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Rachel grew up in a bustling household with eight siblings. Rachel is a proud Haitian-American whose humble upbringing keeps her grounded and committed to the work of accelerating equity.
What is your favorite form of self-care?
Driving to my favorite outdoor spot to journal while jamming to my favorite 90s Hip Hop and R&B playlist.
What is something that you’re learning about?
I am currently learning Spanish (total beginner) and dusting off my French. I am also learning how to shift my focus from achieving my goals to enjoying the journey.
Why do you do what you do?
I remember in college looking up the definition of philanthropy and the top US philanthropists. I decided then that I would commit my time, skills, and abilities (since I didn’t have millions) to improve the lives of historically marginalized people. Being the daughter of Haitian immigrants fuels my passion and accountability to that commitment.