Rachel Hamalainen
Pronouns
She/Her
Year
2021
Chapter
Position
Senior Director, CCS Fundraising
Rachel Hamalainen is a Senior Director at CCS Fundraising, where she serves as lead management and fundraising counsel to nonprofit institutions in the advocacy, education, and social services sectors. At CCS, Rachel specializes in strategic planning, program management, organizational infrastructure design, and major gift campaigns. Prior to joining CCS, Rachel worked at the Open Society Foundations (OSF) in a variety of roles. Most recently, she managed grant making in the areas of government accountability and ethics reform, money in politics, judicial nominations, and voting rights. Rachel’s work at OSF included providing seed funding to progressive groups seeking to organize around the nation’s courts to safeguard constitutional rights and promote justice, launching a digital organizing campaign designed to increase civic engagement among millennials of color, and assisting with the successful spinoff of a national racial justice program into an independent nonprofit. Rachel holds a BA in Black Studies and Women’s and Gender Studies from Amherst College and an MPA in nonprofit management from New York University’s Robert F. Wagner Graduate School of Public Service, where she was a Public Service Scholar. She is a 2016 member of NYU Wagner’s Fellowship for Emerging Leaders in Public Service, and she serves on the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation’s Young Professionals Council and Planned Parenthood of Greater New York’s Activist Council. Born and raised in the Detroit area, Rachel currently resides in New York City’s best borough, Queens.