Associate Vice President for Advancement Strategy and Chief Operating Officer
Rachel Schaefer is the Associate Vice President for Advancement Strategy and Chief Operating Officer at the UCF Foundation, Inc.
Rachel has more than two decades of fundraising and development experience in both the nonprofit and for-profit sectors. She joined the UCF Advancement team in 2013, and currently oversees the board relations, donor relations and stewardship, human resources, information technology, prospect development, and records and gifts teams.
Prior to arriving at UCF, Schaefer was a consultant and director of research at BWF, a leading international fundraising consulting firm. Her previous experience includes development roles with the University of Minnesota Foundation and the HealthEast Foundation (now Fairview Foundation).
Schaefer has an undergraduate degree from Northwestern University and a master’s degree in nonprofit management from the University of Central Florida. She is an active volunteer for Canine Companions for Independence and serves as [email protected]’s faculty advisor.