Rachel Kimber

Vice President, Grants Management at Smile Train


Rachel Kimber joined Smile Train as the Vice President, Grants Management in March 2022. For more than 15 years, Rachel has led and contributed to the nonprofit sector through her commitment to grantmaking that is human-centered, data-informed, and technology-supported, all to advance the implementation of emergent grantmaking practices around equity and technological innovations.

Before joining Smile Train, Rachel served as Grants Manager at the Arcus Foundation, overseeing an international portfolio of LGBTQ rights and ape conservation grantees spanning from Indonesia to Mexico. Responsibilities included ensuring regulatory compliance, advising on complex grantmaking environments, and developing operational and technical projects to advance Arcus’ mission and values. At the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, which supports the arts and humanities, she administered financials, compliance, and regulatory procedures in the grantmaking process. Rachel also supervised the archiving of the family’s foundation history and standardized grants data.

At Smile Train, Rachel is setting the strategic direction of the department, with a focus on improving collaboration across the organization, designing and implementing efficient and effective processes and practices, providing governance for the organization’s grants management system and related data, and developing structures to support the successful execution of these initiatives.

Rachel actively engages with the sector on emerging trends. She serves on the New York Regional PEAK Grantmaking Communications Committee and was chair for the New York Chapter from 2017 to 2018. She is also a member of the Technology Association of Grantmakers (TAG), where she serves on the Knowledge Management Committee, and was a TAG Emerging Leaders Mentor. Rachel is also involved with Philanthropy New York.

She earned a bachelor’s of arts in cognitive science at Northwestern University in 2003 and completed her post-graduate studies from the School of Public Affairs at Baruch College and Concordia College, earning a dual master’s degree in public administration and business leadership in 2014.

Rachel currently lives in Peekskill, New York on the Hudson River, where she and her partner raise two young children, making sure to prioritize time to unwind from the hectic flow of daily life.


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