Rachel Connell


Rachel Connell

Senior Consultant & Principal


Portsmouth, New Hampshire


Wellesley College, B.A.
F.W. Olin School of Business at Babson College, M.B.A.

Rachel joined Marts & Lundy in 2015 with a 20-year career in development that included extensive experience in major and annual gifts, board development and alumni relations. Prior to coming to us, she served as Director of Strategic Advancement at Emma Willard School in Troy, New York.

While at Emma Willard, Rachel repositioned and strengthened the School’s post-campaign advancement program in preparation for its Bicentennial. She led all aspects of the advancement program including developing and executing a long-term strategic plan. Under her leadership, gifts and pledges grew from more than $5 million in both FY12 and FY13 to more than $20 million in FY15. She also served as acting Director of Admissions.

Prior to her work at Emma Willard, Rachel served as Regional Director of Major Gifts at Phillips Exeter Academy from 2002 -2011. While there she developed fundraising strategies that resulted in six to seven figure commitments from alumni, parents and friends as part of a $352 million comprehensive campaign. She personally managed a portfolio of more than 250 prospects.

Rachel’s experience also includes work for Eduventures, a Boston-based development research firm, where she served as an analyst and consultant.

She is a graduate of The Heads Network, a women’s leadership forum that provides training and networking support for women interested in leading independent schools.

  • Ursuline Academy of Dallas
  • Delta Gamma Fraternity
  • Cary Academy
  • New Canaan Country School
  • Villanova Preparatory School
  • Canterbury Shaker Village
  • Crossroads School of Arts and Sciences

Rachel is an avid reader and loves film and musical theater. She enjoys international travel, is conversant in Russian and is fascinated by all things Russia. Rachel is a passionate advocate for girls’ education and women’s health issues.