Rachel Waterman, Senior Development Consultant/Economic Development Specialist, Global Development Solutions

Rachel Waterman holds a Master’s degree in Community and Economic Development from Illinois State University where she graduated with a G.P.A. of 4.0. with a concentration in Applied Social Research. Her BA is in International Studies from Barry University where she was the top graduate in her major field of study; and also has a minor in Spanish Interpretation and Translation.

While in graduate school, Ms. Waterman won several research awards including a grant from the Illinois State Governor’s office for her groundbreaking ethnographic research within the Latino community of Central Illinois. Her research was later utilized by the United States Department of Justice as their baseline indicator for the Federal State of Affairs Social Justice State by State Report.

Ms. Waterman’s work has encompassed a broad spectrum within various aspects of community and economic development. She has worked as a non-profit Executive Director, a researcher, a consultant, a grant writer, a trainer, as a Senior Planner with Palm Beach County’s Office of Community Revitalization, and as Mayor of the City of Lake Worth, FL.

 Ms. Waterman has been a presenter at many state national and international conferences including the Florida Festivals and Events association, the Florida State Association of Code Enforcement Officers, Neighborworks America, the International Women in Development Conference, North Atlantic Training Institute for Sexuality Health Educators (NATISHE), Smart Growth Network, and the Quad Cities Health and Human Services Association.

Ms. Waterman who is fluent in both Spanish and Portuguese has long been an advocate for empowering residents and agency staff to become active participants and leaders in the development, economic and otherwise, of their own communities.