Rachel Lipton, MPP


Rachel came to LFA in 2015 with several years of project management and consulting experience partnering with organizations that seek to create social impact. As a project manager, Rachel plays an integral role in planning and leading day-to-day project activities and setting up project teams for success. Rachel approaches her work with compassion, curiosity, and creativity. She is passionate about deepening social impact by coaching and strengthening leaders and organizations focused on social change. For the past several years, Rachel has partnered with nonprofit and philanthropic organizations to create space for intentional learning and reflection, evaluate the impact of programs, and enhance organizational effectiveness. She has also spent extensive time volunteering for women and girls’ advancement organizations, including work with Girls on the Run, Planned Parenthood, and the Kachin Women’s Association Thailand.

When not at work, you can find Rachel practicing yoga, perfecting smoothie recipes, or exploring the beautiful natural surroundings of San Francisco and the East Bay, where she currently resides with her partner and two cats, Chairman Meow and Blossom.


  • Bachelor of Arts , Mass Communications and Political Science, University of California, Berkeley

  • Master of Public Policy, University of Southern California

  • Certified Professional Co-Active Coach (CPCC), The Coaches Training Institute (expected fall 2019)

Selected Project Experience

  • Learning partner for the David and Lucile Packard Foundation’s Population and Reproductive Health and Organizational Effectiveness Programs

  • Evaluation and learning partner for Leading Edge

  • Capacity building and evaluation for HIP Housing

  • Evaluation of Homebridge’s STEPS to Success program

  • Evaluation of Rockwood Leadership Institute

  • Evaluation of the James Irvine Foundation’s California Pay for Success Initiative

  • Evaluation of CoreAlign