About

Education & Credentials

  • Certificate in Nonprofit Board Consulting, BoardSource, 2019
  • Certified Association Executive (CAE), ASAE, 2016-2021
  • Certificate in Nonprofit Board Education, BoardSource, 2013
  • MA in Organizational Science (with a Concentration in Organizational Management), The George Washington University, 2012
  • BA in Theatre/Dance, Luther College, 2004

Memberships

  • American Institute of Parliamentarians, 2020- present
  • National Association of Parliamentarians, 2020 - present
  • Mid Atlantic Facilitators Network, 2019 - present
  • BoardSource, 2018 - present
  • American Society of Association Executives, 2014 - present

Rachel Miller-Bleich, MA, CAE, has been fascinated with governance ever since entering the nonprofit/association management field in 2004. Like many other administrative professionals, Rachel fell into governance work during her first job out of college as an executive assistant. Ever since, she has taken on roles and management positions that support boards, committees and other governance processes for associations, professional societies and charitable nonprofits. Over time, Rachel has grown to apply her education in organizational management along with her practical experience to thinking about how managing and supporting governance impacts the overall health and strategic effectiveness of any nonprofit.

While many experts and thought leaders tend to associate “good governance” with merely the work of the board, Rachel is especially interested in the mutual and distinct responsibilities of both board and staff in ensuring quality corporate governance. In addition to her management experience, Rachel has cultivated skills in advising, facilitation and parliamentary procedure which she has put to good use in training both staff and volunteer leaders in good governance practices.

Passionate about the important contributions nonprofits and associations make to society, Rachel is especially driven to bring her experience and subject matter expertise to organizations that may not otherwise be able to invest in such resources “in-house.” Rachel also recognizes the organizational diversity of the non-profit sector and brings awareness of the unique challenges faced by nonprofits of varying missions, purposes, sizes and structures. Having worked for and supported associations and charitable organizations, start-ups and well-established and complex organizations, Rachel offers a breadth of experience to working with and supporting clients.

Rachel was educated at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa where she earned a BA in theatre/dance. After entering the field of professional association management, Rachel earned a masters’ degree in organizational science with a concentration in organizational management from the George Washington University, in Washington, DC. She holds the Certified Association Executive (CAE) certification from ASAE and has earned a Certificate in Nonprofit Board Consulting and a Certificate in Nonprofit Board Education from BoardSource.

A proud Washingtonian, Rachel resides in Arlington, Virginia with her husband and daughter.