Rachel Schwartz

Rachel has over 8 years of business and accounting experience, and has spent much of her career analyzing financial and accounting systems for clients ranging from small, publicly-traded companies to global, multi-billion dollar corporations. She started her career in the assurance division of Ernst & Young, where she assisted top executives with their budgets and financial statements, for purposes of both external reporting and internal decision making. She later moved to Barclays, where her roles focused more heavily on finance and market-driven analytics. Building on this experience, she has recently started working with startups and early-stage companies. In addition to helping them implement accounting systems and control measures, she has also played critical roles in the areas of capital deployment, business restructuring, pro forma analysis, and cash monitoring. In addition to being a CPA, Rachel holds an M.S. in Accounting from the University of Virginia, and graduated summa cum laude from Georgia Tech with a B.S. in Management. She currently resides in Connecticut with her husband and daughter.

Favorite Season?

The fall, hands down. And not just because my birthday is in the fall. I always look forward to seeing the leaves change and enjoying the crisp, cool New England weather. Growing up in Atlanta (or as we called it, HOT-lanta), I always counted down to the end of the humid, sticky days. And when I lived in New York City, the summers were never my favorite, with the heat (and smell) in the subways and a lack of central air in my first few apartments.

Best Gift Ever Received?

Without a question, my one year old daughter Emma. Sounds cliché, but it’s the truth. She is truly the most precious gift, and I feel like the luckiest person in the world to be her mom.

Favorite Country Visited?

This is a tough one for me. I’ve visited many amazing places in my life, and they were all so different, but if I had to choose, I would probably say Ireland. Not only is the country stunningly beautiful, but the people are the friendliest I have ever come across. I also visited Ireland after living in a New York City apartment for 5 years, so the vast open space and greenery were a breath of fresh air. I also LOVED the cute fishing villages and coastline along the Dingle Peninsula.

Last Book I Read?

Us Weekly—who has time to read an actual book with a one year old?! I will admit that a few months ago, when she was still taking two to three naps a day (Boy, do I miss those days!), I did manage to read a few books, the last one being One Plus One by Jojo Moyes—a quick and easy read while Emma was napping.

Favorite Flower?

I can’t think of anything better than the smell of fresh lilies. They have such a distinct look and color, and I’m always surprised how long they last.