Rachel’s path to Sonoma Academy led her from the halls of the US Senate to palm groves of Bali, but there were hints of her current role (Sonoma Academy Fund and Alumni Relations Manager) throughout her career. “While I was in college, I worked for the Alumni Relations office. Among other tasks, I made phone calls to our alumni seeking support for our Annual Fund,” she says.
After college, Rachel worked for the Senate Finance Committee and in politics for EMILY’s List, a Political Action Committee. She returned to California for law school and practiced healthcare, corporate, and nonprofit law for more than ten years before moving to Bali with her family. There, Rachel volunteered and consulted for nonprofits, ultimately serving as Head of Development at the Green School. “We were supposed to be in Bali for ten months,” says Rachel, “but we ended up staying for seven years! It was a deeply meaningful time for our family.”
Rachel brings the perspective of a parent to her position at Sonoma Academy; she’s mom to Charles ‘24 and Annabel De Alessi ‘21, and before coming to work here, she was involved as a volunteer with SAPA (the Sonoma Academy Parents Association). “This place feels different from other schools—even other wonderful independent schools—because the staffulty really know the students as individuals and as human beings,” says Rachel.
When she’s not on campus, Rachel enjoys spending time with her family. . “I am happiest when I am outside,” she says. “Hiking, tennis, skiing, out on the water, gardening or just reading a book!”
The best part of my job is all the crackerjack people I get to work with—so smart, so kind, and so welcoming.
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