Rachel Glisper has more than 20 years of Human Resources experience spanning the private and public sectors. Most recently, Rachel served as the Director of Human Resources for the Town of Needham, MA. During her tenure, Rachel supported diversity, equity, and a culture of inclusion by implementing the Town’s first Round Table Discussion Series and creating and facilitating the Town’s first Employee Resource Group for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) employees.

Known by colleagues as positive, personable, and persuasive, Rachel’s expertise includes best practice development, coaching, change facilitation, and collaboration. Rachel served as a Board member of the Massachusetts Municipal HR Association and was the 2021 Emil Skop Award recipient for outstanding contributions to municipal human resources management.

Rachel is driven by a passion to create healthy workspaces with a sharp focus on equity and inclusion. She believes that the foundation for sustainable change begins with an acknowledgement of where and what improvements are needed, an unwavering commitment to providing equal opportunities to underrepresented individuals and written policies that provide direction and ensure accountability.

Rachel is a proud graduate of Emmanuel College in Boston, MA, living in the metro west area of Boston.

Education and Certification

  • Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration, Emmanuel College (Boston, MA)
  • Diversity and Inclusion Certification, Cornell University, 2022
  • Grief Support Specialist, University of Wisconsin, Madison, 2020
  • Conflict of Interest Law, Massachusetts State Ethics Commission, 2019
  • Train the Trainer, Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination, 2018
  • Making Reasonable Accommodations in the Workplace, Massachusetts Interlocal Insurance Assoc. 2017
  • Preventing and Addressing Workplace Discrimination, MCAD, 2017
  • Conducting Workplace Investigations Training, Safety and Respect at Work, LLC and Eckert, Seamans, Cherin, & Mellott LLC, 2016

Consultation Expertise and Services

  • Management Turn-around: Enhancing competitive advantage through workplace planning, best practices development, training, coaching, and employee relations initiatives.
  • Communications Improvement: Articulating written and spoken data clearly with all levels of an organization, including large group presentations, facilitation, and planning.
  • Change Facilitation: Improving processes and help others adapt to change.
  • Problem and Solution Identification: Finding answers to challenging work/life situations, balancing individual and organizational needs.
  • Collaboration: Engaging joyfully in team environments that supports exchange of ideas.

Public Sector Professional Background

  • Town of Needham, Needham MA – 2016–2021
  • Commonwealth of MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Boston MA – 2013–2016
  • Middlesex Sheriff’s Office, Medford MA – 2011–2013
  • Massachusetts Parole Board, Natick MA – 2008–2011