Rashonda Welch has over ten years of experience in nonprofits and the public sector with positions that reflected her passions for the arts and education. She began her career as a museum registrar with the responsibility of producing exhibitions and caring for collections at Georgia State Parks and Historic Sites and later at the Tubman African American Museum.
After seven years in museums, she developed a strong desire to be more involved in responding to community needs. She initiated a career shift by pursuing community engagement positions in higher education, which included serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA Service Learning Coordinator. Her work involved strengthening relationships between Chattahoochee Technical College and its community partners.
Rashonda graduated from Emory University with a Bachelor’s in Anthropology. Her leadership potential has been recognized by the Getty Leadership Institute with her selection for the Museum Leaders: The Next Generation program as well as her participation in the Cobb Education Consortium, a leadership program for education professionals in institutions located in Cobb County, Georgia. She is now honored to be a National Urban Fellow with the opportunity to further develop the tools needed to create sustainable solutions to social issues.
Rashonda’s mentorship site was at the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) located in Washington, DC. She worked to develop PCORI’s online community for volunteer ambassadors. The role allowed her to transfer her previous community engagement work experience to a virtual community environment. She also assisted with evaluation efforts for the Ambassador Program and strategic planning for growth.