Rachel Perschetz joins the Fellowship as a recent resident of Detroit. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Hotel Administration at Cornell University and most recently worked at AECOM in Washington, D.C., as an associate in the entertainment, recreation, and resort practice groups. Rachel’s skill sets involve preparing feasibility analyses, master plans, and development strategies for clients including museums, arenas, exhibition facilities, fairgrounds, hotels, resorts, government agencies, state and regional parks, and water parks. Prior to joining AECOM, Rachel worked for Common Ground Community, a non-profit developer of affordable housing in New York City, as business manager responsible for management and operation of the organization’s event spaces.
Rachel is a Project Manager in the Real Estate Development department of Southwest Housing Solutions. Rachel is assisting the department in executing their innovative neighborhood revitalization strategy involving rehabilitating buildings to provide affordable and supportive housing units, eliminating blight, building new construction, and creating and leasing space for commercial, cultural and community use. Rachel’s work has focused on assisting with the preparation of tax credit and grant applications, acquisition of real estate, and the creation of a neighborhood stabilization program.
Rachel thinks the J.W. Westcott mail boat, Taqueria Lupita’s, the lobby of the Fox Theatre, and Canfield Street between Second and Third Avenues, are some of the coolest places in Detroit. Rachel enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog, Mr. Shimmons, a local rescued terrier. She is an avid sports fan and squash player.
A Chance Trip to Detroit Convinces Travel Industry Consultant to Move Here. Rachel Perschetz profile by Jay Walljasper.