Rachael Mizuno

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With HTI since 2020

Something unique about me:

I love ghost pepper salt and could talk about traveling in Japan with kids forever.

Professional Affiliations

• Qualified trainer: Technology of Participation
• Founder Swanzuno Strategies
• Board member of Once Upon Our Time Capsule
• Board member of IL Global Scholar


Area(s) of Expertise:

Youthwork, Global education, and mobilizing background. I love to facilitate Communities of Practice and Participatory Grantmaking opportunities.

Years of experience in the field of consulting, facilitation, DEI, and training:

Facilitation: 24 years; Consulting 4 years

Current HTI Projects:

  • ASYD Standards Revisions & Training (lead)
    Gwinnett United in Drug Education, Inc (GUIDE)
  • Framework for ASYD Quality Standards (lead)
    Gwinnett United in Drug Education, Inc (GUIDE)


Rachael Mizuno is a non-profit consulting professional with vast experience in participatory facilitation, global volunteer engagement, program and event design, and resource mobilization. She is the founder of Swanzuno Strategies LLC, a firm dedicated to building momentum and strategies for clients working to make the world more equitable.

Rachael served as the director of next-generation at the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, responsible for a large membership cohort of young professionals and mid-career Emerging Leaders at the nearly 100-year-old think tank. Prior to joining the Council, she was the director of volunteer and community partnerships at UNICEF USA, where she spent close to ten years growing the number of active high school and college clubs working on behalf of UNICEF in their communities. She created national programs and campaigns to include over 74,000 volunteers annually.

Rachael currently serves on the board of Once Upon Our Time Capsule, the advisory board of the IL Global Scholar Certificate program, and is a qualified trainer of the Technology of Participation facilitation methods at the Institute of Cultural Affairs. Rachael is a two-time AmeriCorps alumna with a BA from the University of Minnesota and holds a certificate in Nonprofit Management from the Executive Program at Columbia University Business School. She lives in Chicago with her partner and three small children.

BUSINESS – Swanzuno Strategies LLC

Swanzuno Strategies, LLC: A non-profit consulting firm rooted in the art and science of facilitation, youth development, participatory program design, and the building of grassroots movements.