Who We Are
Founded in 2011, Talem Consulting provides nonprofits the tools they need to build capacity, fundraise, and dismantle systems of inequity.
Rachel Branaman, Principal Consultant
Rachel completed a Master’s in nonprofit management from Regis University with a directed study in Cape Town, South Africa. She has a Bachelor's degree in French from Austin College. She broadened her nonprofit expertise by serving in the U.S. Peace Corps as a community development advisor for the Ministry of Health and Social Services in Namibia for two years.
Following Peace Corps, Rachel returned to Texas where she led Alley’s House, which provides direct services to teen mothers. Rachel turned around the financially strapped organization in her two-plus years as executive director and supported its merger with Hope Cottage in 2019. These experiences deepened her appreciation for diverse cultures and helped her develop culturally responsive fundraising techniques that center the concept of horizontal philanthropy.
Dr. King once stated, “Life's most persistent and urgent question is: 'What are you doing for others?'”
Born into a family that prioritized volunteerism, Rachel volunteered with her parents at their church home as a child. Her first independent volunteer experience was at the age of 10, where she signed up to support the local library's Summer Reading Program (an excellent opportunity for a book worm!). She continued to actively volunteer throughout high school, college, and beyond with organizations like YoungLife, Center for Survivors of Torture, and the International Rescue Committee (IRC) of Dallas. In recent years, she has volunteered as
Member of the City of Takoma Park's Grants Committee
Member of Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) D.C. Education Committee
Executive board member for the Returned Peace Corps Volunteers of Washington D.C. (RPCV/W)
Executive board member-at-large for the Association of Philanthropic Counsel (APC)
"No matter how big a nation is, it is no stronger than its weakest people, and as long as you keep a person down, some part of you has to be down there to hold him down, so it means you cannot soar as you might otherwise." - Marian Anderson
From an early age, Rachel was afforded the privilege of culturally immersive and educational international travel experiences. This advantage afforded her a gateway to a deeper appreciation of diverse cultures, expanded her cultural competence, and began ongoing conversations around White privilege and systemic inequity. These experiences helped her build an intersectional and equity-based framework that supports Talem's organizational capacity building.
Rachel regularly leads workshops on Culturally Responsive Fundraising Practices (for U.S. and international audiences), Practicing Equity and Inclusion as a Nonprofit Leader, Board Governance, and Grant Writing for organizations such as National Peace Corps Association, Atlas Corps, AFP’s DC Chapter, APC, and the Money for Our Movements conference. She has written articles for AFP DC’s monthly newsletter and Advancing Philanthropy magazine.
We will work to support your organization's mission, whether your agency's budget is $50,000, $250,000, $1 million, $5 million, or $100 million. Our team will ensure that you receive the best possible service to develop, grow, and distinguish your agency.