Raquel Grad, Event Planning

Raquel first became interested in animal rescue after volunteering at Pause & Claws in grade school with her best friend Shail. Years later, Shail introduced Raquel to Jill Goldstein and Pause 4 Paws, and she joined the board in the fall of 2015. Raquel is a development professional and has worked in the nonprofit sector for almost all of her professional career. She currently works as a Development Officer for the Phillips Eye Institute Foundation, and previously served as an event planner for the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) of Minnesota. Having planned fundraising events ranging from small house parties to 5K walks with over 4,500 participants, Raquel brings an expansive knowledge of the event planning, production and execution process. Raquel co-habitates with a 15 year old feline named Sugar, who has been her snuggle buddy since Raquel was 11 years old.