Rachel Duden became a Program Officer at the Weinberg Foundation in January 2018. She leads the Foundation’s Education portfolio and began managing the Foundation’s San Francisco Bay Area grantmaking in September 2019.
Rachel began her career at the Weinberg Foundation in May 2014 as a graduate intern and joined the Foundation full-time in June 2015 upon the completion of her master’s degree in social work from the University of Maryland, Baltimore. She first served as a Program Associate, working on US Education, the Small Grants Program, and General Community Support until her promotion to Program Officer, Education in 2018. In her role as Program Officer, Rachel leads the Education portfolio and manages the Foundation’s portfolio of grants in the San Francisco Bay Area, creating and implementing funding strategies for the greatest impact.
Throughout her master’s program, Rachel completed internships with the ACLU of Maryland’s Education Reform Project, doing advocacy work around education issues in Baltimore City schools, and The Coordinating Center, visiting Medicare patients in their homes in West Baltimore to prevent hospital readmission.
Prior to enrolling in her master’s program, Rachel spent a year teaching English in Bangkok, Thailand and traveling extensively in Southeast Asia. Rachel holds a B.A. in Psychology from Loyola University Maryland where she worked at the school’s Center for Community Service and Justice, coordinating direct service programs for at-risk youth in Baltimore throughout her college years.
Rachel is passionate about travel, music, reading, and social justice. She is a proud Baltimore City resident.