Rachelle Hilliker

Strategy Manager

As strategy manager for the Community Mobilization Strategy department, Rachelle provides support and technical assistance to our statewide Local College Access Networks, as well as managing the Community Ambassador program and assisting in the auditing of existing programs. She also helps with the design of new programs to ensure they are focused on closing equity gaps in postsecondary attainment, especially among low-income students, first-generation college-going students, and students of color.

Rachelle started her nonprofit career as an AmeriCorps VISTA for Delta College. After her AmeriCorps service, Rachelle worked as director of programs and advocacy for the YWCA Great Lakes Bay Region, where she assisted women in getting out of poverty, often by developing and implementing a plan of action that included setting education goals. Rachelle then worked for United Way of Saginaw County as an impact coordinator, implementing collective impact strategies to help Saginaw nonprofits work collaboratively toward a common goal.

Rachelle earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and sociology from Saginaw Valley State University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Central Michigan University. While college was not always prioritized in Rachelle’s home, she experienced firsthand how life altering and impactful receiving a postsecondary education can be by witnessing her mother, a first-generation college student, earn her degrees.

Rachelle serves as 5th Ward Commissioner for Bay City, and she is on the board of directors for the Henry Marsh Institute for Public Policy, a leadership course for individuals in the Great Lakes Bay Region. Rachelle loves the outdoors, gardening, and spending time with her husband and very busy toddler.

Saginaw Valley State University Bachelor of Arts, Sociology and Political Science
Central Michigan University Master of Arts, Public Administration