The Dare to Run board consists of nonprofit professionals, campaign consultants, business leaders, activists, and local political leaders.
Founder and President
Rachelle received her Master of Science in Nonprofit Management from the Milano School for Management and Urban Policy in New York City in 2017. Prior to that, Ms. Suissa completed a Master of Arts degree in Political Science with a concentration in American Government from Brooklyn College in 2010. She received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Women’s and Gender Studies from Pace University in New York City in 2008. She was currently elected to her third year as President of the Board of Dare to Run, Inc. She also currently sits on the Junior Advisory Board for the Leopold Schepp Scholarship Foundation Event Planning Committee.
Rachelle has worked in the education, nonprofit, and government sector. She taught as a Professor of American Government and Global Politics for three years at CUNY Brooklyn College. She also worked as the Manager of the Quality of Life Innovations Program for Working in Support of Education, a research competition for NYC High School Students in which they select a quality of life issue, generate a research proposal and come up with an innovative solution to the proposed issue. The finalists in the competition received scholarships to attend college. In addition to her work in the education sector, Ms. Suissa has also worked with nonprofits such as the Henry Street Settlement and Project You, Inc in the capacity of program coordinator and outreach director to advance their mission of youth employment, education and adult literacy and training.
Rachelle is committed to the mission of building the pipeline of female leaders across the country and believes in the power of women to change their communities through public service. Prior to founding Dare to Run, Ms. Suissa served on the Board of the Brooklyn-Queens Chapter of the National Organization for Women (NOW), both as President from 2006-2013 and as Vice President from 2005-2007. She attend State and National NOW Chapter meetings and served as a delegate for the organization on behalf of her chapter; she also coordinated events to promote community engagement and built up the chapter's presence significantly on social media. Ms. Suissa has also volunteered with organizations including NARAL, Planned Parenthood, and the Young Women’s Leadership Network. In addition, Ms. Suissa oversees the activities of the board of Dare to Run, the recruitment of volunteer instructors for the training program, recruitment of participants to complete the training program, as well as monthly events, board meetings and social media campaigns and visibility for the organization. Currently Rachelle serves as Site Lead Supervisor for the NYC Health and Hospitals Corporation.
Ms. Suissa currently resides in South Brooklyn with her husband and 1 year old son where she has lived for the past 34 years.
Josephine is a passionate health care advocate with nearly 20 years of nonprofit experience. She has worked with youth, train-the-trainer women infant and children programs, and on tobacco control/addiction work in Brooklyn, Staten Island and Manhattan. Prior to working in the nonprofit field, she utilized her marketing skills in various positions in corporate America such as The Economist and several large New York City advertising agencies.
Josephine actively participates in community service activities and is a member of several policy and leadership committees. Josephine holds a Masters degree in Human Services Leadership from St. Joseph's University. She enjoys taking on new challenges and learning sports, including bocce, and currently resides in Brooklyn with her family.
Tami Forman is an expert on gender equity, workforce development and women’s participation in the paid labor market. She is a frequent speaker on these issues, having presented at the Grace Hopper Celebration, DisruptHR, Tech Inclusion, and the Conference Board’s Women’s Leadership Conference, among others. She is also a writer on topics related to career and women in the workplace at publications like Fortune, TODAY.com, New America Weekly, Forbes and LinkedIN. She was a Fairygodboss VIP and was named by Flexjobs as one of the top 20 career experts for working moms. She writes a newsletter on these and other topics on Substack called How She Does It.
In 2016 she founded Path Forward, a nonprofit organization that empowers stay-at-home mothers and other family caregivers to restart their professional careers. She led Path Forward for seven years, during which time more than 100 companies, including Amazon, Apple, Comcast NBC Universal, Netflix, SAP, Walmart, and Pepsi worked with Tami and her team to launch and expand return to work programs. Before founding Path Forward, Tami spent a decade as a marketing executive with data solutions provider, Return Path. Before that she worked in book publishing at Simon & Schuster and Houghton Mifflin and held senior-level web editorial positions at iVillage and News Corp.