Rachel Ford joined Nashville After Zone Alliance in April 2019. As the NAZA Projects Coordinator, Rachel is responsible for the overall day-to-day management of NAZA’s federal and state grant-funded initiatives, which focus on a multi-year strategy to build NAZA’s internal capacity to support youth-serving organizations and individuals through more extensive trainings and formalized supports such as coaching, evaluation services and other technical assistance, and evidence-based tools. Her work also aims to build a shared vision and understanding of youth outcomes that will guide the informal learning opportunities provided to children and youth outside of school day.

Rachel is passionate about using her organizational capacity to facilitate sustainable conditions for social change and create opportunities for compassionate relationality through storytelling. Prior to officially joining NAZA, Rachel worked to facilitate job opportunities for young people through NAZA and Nashville Public Library as a team member with Opportunity NOW, Nashville’s youth employment initiative. Rachel is a graduate of Pfeiffer University and holds a Masters of Divinity from Vanderbilt University. In her spare time, she enjoys baking, reading, and crocheting.