Rachel’s background is in international development. Prior to joining the Institute, she interned at the World Bank External and Corporate Relations team where she wrote and edited a resource guide to help faith actors contribute to eradicating extreme poverty in their local communities. She also worked with a professor to conduct research on the organizational structure of the Kibo Group, a Ugandan community development group. Most recently, Rachel worked at LeaderFit, an executive search and leadership development firm focused on increasing and diversifying the pipeline of talent for mission-driven organizations. She has lived in both Jinja, Uganda, and Buenos Aires, Argentina. Rachel holds a B.A. in International Studies from Pepperdine University and a certificate in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine Law.
Kelli’s background is in journalism, public relations and peacebuilding. Prior to joining the Institute, she was the Communications Officer / Special Assistant to the Executive Director at Lwala Community Alliance in Nashville, Tennessee. She has worked for the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Conflict and Stabilization Operations in Washington, D.C., directly supporting the Bureau’s Assistant Secretary; as director of communications for microfinance organization Five Talents in Vienna, Virginia; and as business reporter at The Jackson (TN) Sun. She has worked and studied in Kenya, South Sudan, Liberia, India, Peru, and Israel. Kelli holds a BA in communication arts from Union University and an MS in conflict analysis and resolution from George Mason University. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee. View all posts by Kelli Ross