Hello all! My name is Rachel Geissinger and I am so excited to be joining Environmental Initiative as their new Administrative Assistant. I cannot wait to dive head-first into the organization and learn all the amazing things that Environmental Initiative is doing. And figure out how I can help!
My love for the outdoors, which stems from my childhood, is what led me to environmental nonprofit work. Growing up in Minnesota, I spent my youth climbing trees, swimming in lakes and hiking through forests. This led me to spend my first two years of college at the community college in Ely, Minnesota, where I embraced outdoor life to the fullest. I hiked and canoed most weekends and took classes that included dog sledding, winter camping and rock climbing! From there, I finished my biology degree at a small liberal arts college in Goshen, Indiana. After college, I moved to Seattle to start a two-year voluntary service term for a nonprofit called Washington Trails Association. And that is where I absolutely whole-heartedly fell in love with nature and the idea that everyone should be able to enjoy Earth’s beauty. Family and Minnesota’s four distinct and wonderful seasons pulled me back after three years. I found a fabulous job as the Office Manager of the Minnesota Environmental Fund, where I spent the over seven years working with many of Minnesota’s environmental nonprofits. I made a major career shift for the following eight years when I became the owner of a bakery and coffee shop, then worked for a production bakery. But my passion and concern for the environment led me back to this work and I couldn’t be happier working for an organization that works on solving environmental problems in such innovative ways.
Now in my free time I like to spend time outside with my 4-year-old daughter and my dog, Tillie. We enjoy going to parks, hiking in the woods and gardening in our yard. Having a young child has allowed me to return to Dr. Seuss and his iconic book, The Lorax. Words from his book remind me that, “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It’s not.” I look forward to connecting with you to learn the reasons why you care a whole awful lot. You can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-334-3388 ext. 8122.