Rachel Birchwood is associate 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 in 2018, Ms. Birchwood served for five years as senior director of admissions and enrollment for the college. She joined the CIA in 2001 as an admissions representative and advanced through the organization’s leadership as the assistant director of admissions and then director of admissions.
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.