RM Profile.jpgRachel Mallernee, CFRE
Immediate Past President
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Rachel Mallernee is the director of development for Literacy First (formerly ACE), which is dedicated to providing low-income schools with daily, one-to-one reading instruction to ensure that children advance in reading before the third grade.  Rachel is responsible for managing a diversified fundraising portfolio and multi-channel communications strategy for Literacy First, managing a team of talented fundraising professionals.

Before joining Literacy First in October 2014, Rachel had a long career in sales prior to joining the nonprofit sector in 2005 when she joined The American Cancer Society.  She then was the Development & Marketing Director for The Arc of the Capital Area, which provides services to individuals with disabilities.  Throughout her career in nonprofit, Rachel’s work involved frontline fundraising, event coordination, program delivery, donor relations, staff management, and strategic planning.  Rachel joined the AFP Board of Directors in 2014 as the Director of Monthly Programs.  

In Rachel’s spare time, she can be found with her husband, Louie, daughter, Stella and rescue dog, Penny enjoying all that Austin has to offer.

“The art of fundraising is my passion.  I have learned and grown beyond measure because of the relationships forged through AFP.  I am grateful to represent our chapter and will forever be an advocate for those in our field.  What a gift to my life, this chapter full of amazing people, has been.”