Rachel B. Friedman brings remarkable skills and talent to her position as the first Deputy Director of Men Can Stop Rape. Appointed to the post in May 2012, she began her career in the organization in 2008 as Development Coordinator and worked her way up to Director of Foundation and Government Grants in 2009.
Rachel works closely with Men Can Stop Rape’s Executive Director Neil Irvin, helping set priorities and direction for the organization’s short- and long-term goals. In this role, she focuses on the management of day-to-day activities of the organization, including the smooth integration of policy, development, finance, communications, programs, and administrative functions to ensure seamless operations and achievement of strategic goals. In 2011, she participated in Liz Claiborne’s It’s Time to Talk Day, which reaches seven million people on drive-time radio. Rachel also participates on the steering committee for the NO MORE project, a groundbreaking symbol designed to galvanize change and radically increase the awareness of domestic violence and sexual assault in our communities.
Since joining the organization, Rachel has helped to secure over $3 million by seeking out new funding sources and engaging in outreach with funders and donors. As Director of Foundation and Government Grants, she focused on deepening, renewing, and building relationships with funders from local and national foundations, as well as city and federal government agencies. These funders have included the NoVo Foundation, Open Society Institute, Verizon Foundation, U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to name a few. In 2011, Rachel won Discovery Communications’ “Creating Change Award” to produce a signature public service announcement for Men Can Stop Rape. In addition, Rachel has been integral to developing other fundraising initiatives for the organization, including strategies focused on individual donors, marketing and public relations, fees-for-services, and special events. Since 2010, she has played a lead role in establishing summer youth programs, which is funded by the DC Office of Victim Services. Rachel has provided keynotes that connect Men Can Stop Rape’s work with Judaism. She has also helped plan annual events for the organization, such as Solutions through Film and the Men of Strength Awards.
Prior to joining Men Can Stop Rape, Rachel worked as a Research Analyst for the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) from 2003-2007. She also volunteered with a variety of women’s organizations – such as the National Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy, the Mass Alliance on Teen Pregnancy, the White House Project, and the New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault – as a researcher, writer, and special events planner. Her feminist background brings added dimension and depth to Men Can Stop Rape’s mission of creating cultures free from violence, especially men's violence against women.
Rachel graduated from the University of Massachusetts with a B.A. in Women’s Studies. She is currently pursuing her M.B.A. from Trinity Washington University and studies group dynamics with the A.K. Rice Institute. Rachel also does freelance writing, editing, and financial consulting.