© 2015 by Rachel Ishofsky

I AM A STRATEGIST. A WRITER.  A TRAVELER. 

A SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR.  AND A MEMBER OF WHYWHISPER COLLECTIVE.

Long before starting my strategy practice, during the 2008 financial crisis, I co-founded Innovation: Africa. By the time I stepped down as Managing Director 7 years later, what had started as just an idea on a couch in NYC grew into a nonprofit/social enterprise hybrid that brought clean water, improved education and proper medical care to over 750,000 rural people in Uganda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. In my time there, we completed over 80 self-sustaining projects and grew from two unpaid individuals to a team of 15 with a multi-million dollar budget. 

The unique financing and sustainability model we created led to international recognition, Special Consultative Status to the United Nations Economic and Social Council, and a UN Innovation Award. During that time, I was published in Forbes, spoke at the UN, the Brookings Institution, the New York Stock Exchange and more. 

Before all that, I worked as a freelance journalist, studied Shakespearean acting in the UK, co-founded a community based education project for children in Ghana, taught English on 3 continents and worked with various organizations promoting the arts, education and human rights.

As for my education, I've completed an executive management training program at the Harvard Business School, and graduated summa cum laude with a BA from New York University. 

Now, I work with organizations like yours to maximize their impact, from businesses to non-profits, academic institutions to government organizations, whether it's a 1-person shop or has hundreds of employees. 

I believe deeply that we are a global community and work with people and projects around the world, having traveled to over 30 countries and lived on 4 continents. And now, I'm on one of my greatest adventures to date: traveling this great and complicated country with my partner and dog in our RV named Betty. For more on those adventures, visit www.weliveherenow.org