Rachel Birchwood is vice president of enrollment management at The Culinary Institute of America. She is responsible for all student recruitment and retention efforts for the CIA’s associate, bachelor’s, and graduate-level education programs at the not-for-profit college’s four campuses worldwide.
Prior to her appointment to her current position, Ms. Birchwood served as associate vice president of enrollment management, senior director of admissions and enrollment, director of admissions, and assistant director of admissions after initially joining the CIA in 2001 as an admissions representative and advancing through the organization’s leadership.
Ms. Birchwood previously held a variety of positions in education and youth development, including serving as field director for the Girl Scout Council of Vermont in Rutland, VT; camping program director for the Merrimack Valley YMCA in Lawrence, MA; and adult education coordinator for Frost Valley YMCA in Claryville, NY.
Rachel Birchwood earned her Master of Education (MEd) degree in organizational management and educational administration from Antioch University and graduated cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree from the State University of New York, College at Cortland.
Ms. Birchwood is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) as well as the New York State Association for College Admission Counseling (NYSACAC). She was a speaker at the NYSACAC/NEACAC Super Conference in 2018 and the International Association for Admission Counseling Conference in 2015.