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Rachel Nakanishi

Education Communications Director

Rachel approaches her work as S360’s Education Communications Director with a deep passion for ensuring every young person has access to the education that can enable them to have the future they dream of. In her role, Rachel supports education clients with comprehensive communications services, including for school districts working on levies campaigns. Clients can rely on Rachel to effectively solve problems through relationship building and to navigate communications solutions for any type of audience. She also delivers communications services including stakeholder outreach, crisis management, talking points and messaging, professional development and events planning.

Most recently, Rachel led the communications team at Seattle Public Schools while addressing the challenges as the first large urban district to close school buildings in the Covid-19 pandemic. During her time at SPS, her team launched a citywide early literacy campaign, supported the Office of African American Male Achievement, developed and launched a comprehensive tour of engagements for a new superintendent, and a community engagement toolkit to improve District decision-making and power sharing.

While Rachel has also worked in communications for health care, financial services, and the food and beverage industry, her heart is in education. She is proud to have supported the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation with professional development and event coordination for their K-12 education team.

With a love of storytelling, Rachel wields her breadth of experience to develop communications through the power of compelling words and images. Using research-backed messaging, she develops content based on the needs of the community and those impacted by change.

Rachel holds a Bachelor’s of Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from the George Washington University.

She grew up exploring the lakes and mountains of northwest Montana, where she returns to visit her parents and go hiking, skiing, and swimming. When she’s home in Seattle, she cooks for loved ones and attempts to make her cat Instagram famous. She took up tie-dye as a pandemic hobby and she is also a DECA mentor for young people interested in marketing.

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