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Meet Our Team

Talem is a national, full-service diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ), female-owned consulting firm established in 2011 focused on ensuring organizations have the tools they need to build capacity, fundraise, and dismantle systems of inequity. Talem is led by Rachel Branaman alongside associates with significant subject matter expertise and practical experience across varied industries and geographies. Our team members' unique identities enable Talem to provide an intersectional and equity-based framework to ensure the communities being served are centered in the work we do. Our core values include a commitment to mission-driven impact, personalized service, customized solutions, open dialogue, pragmatic problem-solving, inspired leadership, donor engagement, professional ethics and standards, alongside advancing racial equity and inclusion.


We have extensive experience working with organizations that serve communities of color, immigrants, refugees, religious minorities, and other impacted communities. Our work across multiple organizations, causes, and cultures give us a unique perspective on how to engage with donors outside of “normal” philanthropic narratives - making us responsive and adaptable to the communities we serve.

In 2023, Talem was named Top Interim Service Provider by ManageHR Magazine for our work leveling the playing field for BIPOC-led organizations. 

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