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Meet Our Passionate President & CEO:

Biography of Rachelle Jervis, MBA

Rachelle Jervis is president and CEO of the Executive Service Corps, the premier nonprofit consultancy with the mission of helping to make nonprofits successful. Rachelle is passionate about improving our community and supporting the nonprofit sector’s evolution. Before leading the Executive Service Corps, Rachelle served as regional director, Illinois Chapter director, and Chicago Area director for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

During her tenure at the Executive Service Corps, Rachelle has actively led in the advancement of the organization’s practices, trainings, and tools. For example, Rachelle:


Rachelle was a member of the founding board of the Chicago Friends School. She currently serves on the board of Aspiritech, where she chairs the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and was co-chairperson of the Succession Committee. She also currently serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee of Chicago Women in Philanthropy.

Rachelle earned a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Loyola University Chicago. She earned a certificate in nonprofit leadership from the United Nations–mandated University for Peace and the Pepperdine University Graziadio Business School’s Corporate Social Responsibility Certificate Program. Rachelle was a Development Leadership Consortium fellow. Rachelle is currently pursuing a graduate certificate in corporate sustainability and innovation at Harvard University.

Rachelle uses her substantial social media following to promote inclusion, mental health awareness, and community engagement. Her proudest accomplishment is helping her late daughter overcome epilepsy and autism to learn how to speak. Her blog on the grief surrounding the sudden loss of her daughter, Want My Baby Back, has been read by thousands.

Rachelle is a frequent speaker on a wide range of topics, including civic engagement, networking, and leadership. Rachelle’s extensive public speaking experience includes speaking at the dedication in her daughter’s memory at her alma mater, Cherry Preschool. In her free time, Rachelle enjoys volunteering, reading, upcycling, and trying new foods.

In anonymous Executive Service Corps client feedback form submissions, clients stated:

  • “The Executive Service Corps, and Rachelle Jervis in particular, were instrumental in helping our 501C3 nonprofit to achieve measurements and goals in which we did not otherwise have success.”

  • “Incredibly positive! Perfect in every way. Could not have expected any better than what we got.”

  • “The level of expertise we encountered in ESC was staggering! These people know where to find talent and how to apply it. Their business and nonprofit savvy was exceptional, with nary a word wasted. I have to mention the executive director, Rachelle Jervis, because we would not have moved forward on this project without her. She is one of the most accomplished, well-spoken leaders that we have ever encountered. Those who followed her were nothing less. We recommend using ESC consultants as one of the best decisions we have made since we opened our doors and would be happy to discuss their intervention in more detail with anyone who has an interest or is considering using them. They are fantastic.”

  • "Very Satisfied!"

  • "Excellent"

  • "Would work with again and recommend!"

  • "Our Interim Executive Director demonstrated exceptional work ethic and effort! She came right in and conducted listening tours, created a high-level action plan to operationalize best practices across the agency and strengthened the agency's funding portfolio for the fiscal year, all in a matter of three months. This effort allowed for a great transition between two permanent CEO's."


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