As the Director of Research, Rachel Shinn helps American Philanthropic’s clients learn more about existing donors and new major donor prospects, be they foundations or individuals. She especially enjoys working with new hires as they learn to navigate research software, methods, and procedures to synthesize publicly available information into a cohesive narrative that recognizes donors as people.

Before coming to American Philanthropic, Rachel taught sixth and eighth grade Literature and Composition as well as sixth grade American History at a classical academy in Arizona. Before that, she was a fellow at the John Jay Institute.

Rachel graduated magna cum laude from The King’s College with a bachelor’s degree in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics and a minor in history. In her free time, she enjoys reading and writing about philosophy, theology, and history; playing classical piano; doing CrossFit; and paddleboarding.