Meet the Team
Rachel D'Souza-siebert, MPPA
Founder and Principal
Rachel D'Souza-Siebert, MPPA is at her best when she's starting, fixing, or leading. In 2008, Rachel left for-profit retail leadership for the nonprofit sector. She started her nonprofit career with Habitat for Humanity Saint Louis and enhanced her skillset as the founding Director of Development at St. Louis Language Immersion Schools. Rachel's ability to cultivate relationships, earn trust and drive results contributed to her success in her former roles. Rachel is a passionate advocate for collaboration, racial equity and community/movement-centered fundraising.
Rachel earned her BA with honors from Loyola University Chicago and then went on to complete a Masters’ Degree in Public Policy Administration and Graduate Certificate in Nonprofit Management and Leadership from the University of Missouri - St. Louis. In 2012, the Association of Fundraising Professionals honored Rachel with their inaugural Outstanding Young Professional Award. She is also proud alumna of FOCUS Leadership St. Louis Class 38.Committed to community, Rachel volunteers with organizations such as Family Forward, American Heart Association and the Pierre Laclede Society Steering Committee at University of Missouri St. Louis. Rachel lives in the Shaw neighborhood with her husband, two young children (who always keep her on her toes!) and a Westie named Mowgli.
Rachel’s strengths include:
- Fundraising and coaching of novice fundraisers
- Executive coaching
- Strategic planning & annual planning
- Board development
- Crisis communications
Mallory Rusch has ten years of marketing, development and program development experience with national and local nonprofit organizations. Most recently, she served as the Managing Director, Leadership & Community for Teach For America in St. Louis and a member of the organization’s regional leadership team. In that capacity, she played a key role in managing extensive programmatic and staffing shifts in the organization, helping to stabilize and advance organizational culture. Previously, she has served as the first-ever Communications Director for The Mission Continues and the Director of Advancement for the Center for Women in Transition. She also founded the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network (YNPN) in St. Louis in 2008. In these roles, she has developed a reputation as a highly innovative problem-solver with a passion and talent for program design and execution, communications and leadership development.
Mallory is a proud graduate of Bradley University and Nerinx Hall. She currently is earning a Masters in Public Service from the Clinton School of Public Service. In her free time, Mallory volunteers on local political campaigns, bartends at the Sheldon Concert Hall in Grand Center, serves on the parish council for her faith community in Webster Groves and plays as much sand volleyball as she can manage. Mallory commutes between Little Rock, Arkansas and the Bevo Mill neighborhood of St. Louis with her pup, Charlotte, in tow.
Mallory’s strengths include:
- Design & facilitation of leadership development experiences
- Team-building & conflict mediation
- Planning & executing special events
- Annual planning & accountability
- Communications strategy & training
- Mobilizing others to maximize their strengths & passions
Joe Jovanovich is an entrepreneur, running a historic St. Louis business that generates $1M in annual revenue with 20 employees. In this work, Joe oversees strategic planning, HR, budgeting, business development, marketing, and events. Joe (pretty much) learned how to operate a business from 10 years in non-profit management. Most recently, Joe served as Director of Education with Beyond Housing's 24:1 Initiative in the Normandy Schools Collaborative. He has a Masters in Social Work from Washington University, where is currently an adjunct instructor. Joe is particularly passionate about urban education, youth development, community revitalization, and civic-political action.
Joe's strengths include:
- Developing collective impact coalitions
- Bringing partners together to digest complex problems
- Intentional planning and facilitation of large-group meetings
- Strategy and program development
- Public speaking and media engagement
- Community engagement and neighborhood outreach