DIRECTOR OF RESEARCH
Rachel Shinn is the Director of Research at American Philanthropic, where she is responsible for supporting the consulting groups in helping clients learn more about existing donors and new major donor prospects. In this role, she manages full- and part-time researchers and trains new hires as they navigate research software, methods, and procedures to synthesize publicly available information into cohesive narratives that recognize donors as people. Rachel is also a member of Apra, an international organization for fundraisers who specialize in research and information management.
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.