Rachel Ugarte began working with the non-profit sector, as a volunteer, for the Guatemalan based organization Safe Passage/Camino Seguro, in 2001. She first served as a social worker to families working and living in the environs of the Guatemala City garbage dump; then established the stateside Development office as Safe Passage’s programmatic reach grew and its funding needs expanded.
As the US Director/Development Director Ms. Ugarte was responsible for raising 100% of Safe Passage’s $1.8 million annual budget with nearly 70% coming from individual donors; and managing the Guatemalan Public relations, sponsorship and service-teams staffs. She sat on the Safe Passage Board of Directors for 4 years and played a key role in programmatic evaluation.
Ms. Ugarte has provided non-profit management consultation to several non-profits in areas of programmatic design & implementation, program assessment, training and fundraising. She received her BA in Community Studies/Film & Digital Media from University California at Santa Cruz and holds an MS in Development Management from the School of International Studies at American University in Washington DC. She joined La Clínica del Pueblo as the Chief Development Officer in January, 2014. Favorite way to stay healthy: dance!