I approach each engagement first with deep listening skills so I can best understand your needs and culture, and together we develop a design that is customized, flexible, and appropriate. Based on what we decide, I may use a variety of facilitation, research, and assessment methods. I also draw on my 20 years’ experience in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors to share best practices and resources, as appropriate.
Rachel Humphrey discovered a passion for justice while on a high-school independent study in Nepal, where she saw the effects of systemic injustice and oppression in the lives of some of the kindest people she had ever met. Through that experience, she saw her own privilege, and committed to use it for the benefit of others. That moral imperative has led to 20 years (and counting) of work focused on resource mobilization, leadership development and organizational effectiveness as ways to strengthen the impact of organizations and movements both locally and internationally. She currently serves as Program Director for Bay Area Justice Funders Network while continuing her independent consulting and coaching practice. She previously worked at TCC Group, Global Fund for Women, NatureBridge, and Wu Yee Children's and Families Services.
Rachel holds a Master's degree in Nonprofit Administration from the University of San Francisco and an A.B. in Anthropology and Asian Studies from Bowdoin College. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation and has trained extensively in participatory facilitation methods. A long-time champion of human rights, Rachel is Chair of the Board of the International Accountability Project, a human rights advocacy organization that seeks to create development policies and practices that respect people's homes, environment and human rights. She also serves as an Advisory Board member for One World Children's Fund, a grantmaker committed to improving the lives of children around the world affected by poverty.
Coaching provides invaluable support to leaders at any stage of their career. If you are in a new position, coaching can help you start off on the right foot. If you are reaching a plateau, coaching can help you identify areas of growth or new goals that reinvigorate your work. And, if you are an Executive, coaching can be particularly beneficial in providing you with an appropriate, confidential, and unbiased sounding board.
Two recent executive coaching clients described the benefits of our work together as follows:
"Rachel helped me clarify my own goals. These conversations helped me understand how to approach each challenge in a way that was best for both the organization and for the organization's grantees and beneficiaries. Her questions helped me understand and see the impacts of everyone's choices. Rachel's commitment to social justice activism is fantastic, and gave me the confidence that we approached these questions from the same set of values."
"After 6 months of coaching with Rachel, my relationships with my Board and staff are night and day from where they were. I am much less critical of the Board, and vice versa, and we're able to work together much better now. A key staff member who was a real problem is now performing strongly, and another is stepping up to new challenges successfully. Moreover, I've learned a lot about myself. I've become a better listener and am able to self correct. I am managing challenges thoughtfully and strategically rather than with insecurity or defensiveness.”
Coaching can focus primarily on your career aspirations, or have a wider scope to include other key areas of your life affected by your career. As your coach, I can help you:
“Rachel is such a wise soul. Her trainings and coaching for our organization have been incredible, and have brought energy and focus to our team during a time of great change. She has been a fantastic facilitator of our Central Coast peer learning network, bringing a wealth of knowledge and tools to our group. We feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity to reflect and grow as individuals and an organization under her guidance.”
Karyl Lynn Burns
Producing Artistic Director
(Arts Regional Initiative Grantee)