Rachel Liel is the New Israel Fund’s Executive Director in Israel. Prior to her recent appointment, Rachel served as Director of SHATIL, the New Israel Fund Initiative for Social Change, which provides training and consultancy services for the NGO sector in Israel. She joined SHATIL in 1998 as part of a long and distinguished career in public service, having served as Deputy Director of the Division of Rehabilitation Services in the Labor and Social Affairs Ministry, and as a Policy Analyst in the Department of Social Policy Planning of the Prime Minister's Office. She holds a Master’s degrees in Sociology/Anthropology and in Social Work.
Rachel has been publicly recognized for her outstanding leadership: In September 2007 The Marker chose Rachel as one of seven Israelis who “influence for the greater good.” This followed The Marker naming her, in January 2007, as one of the 40 Israeli women making the most significant contributions to Israeli society, and Globes choosing her as one of Israel's 50 most influential leaders in 2006. In 2010, Rachel was again selected by The Marker as one of the 101 people who have influenced Israel for the better this past year.