Rachelle Archer

Rachelle Archer

Rachelle Archer is an expressive arts coach, education consultant, and visual/performing artist. She has devoted her 30-year career to serving historically marginalized communities and the professionals who support them. As a founding member of the Monarch School San Diego, she spent over two decades honing her craft as a community builder and facilitator, increasing access to critical mental health, social-emotional learning, and arts engagement programs for unhoused and systems-affected youth, and designing professional learning experiences for direct-service staff and community partners.

Her personal experiences with burnout and toxic workplace cultures led her to launch Artful Leadership Coaching and Consulting in 2020 with a vision to help organizations with big missions impact their communities sustainably by putting well-being first so that they can lead with a full tank and co-create the conditions for flourishing with all stakeholders. She stands for healthy workplace cultures and helps foster the individual, interpersonal, and institutional well-being that empowers teams to achieve their vision with vitality and longevity. Her unique arts-infused approach has supported K-12 schools, social service, youth development, and arts and culture organizations nationwide to center equity, healing, and well-being.

Rachelle obtained her BA in Social Work at SDSU and her Masters in Expressive Arts Therapy at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. She’s a passionate Playback Theater actor and the host of The Artful Leader podcast, featuring inspiring leaders working at the intersection of the arts, education, healing, and social justice. Rachelle believes that everyone can be a leader, humans thrive in the community, and the well-being of that community begins with us doing our inner work first.


  • ICF Accredited Coach
  • MA Expressive Arts Therapy, Emphasis in Coaching, Consulting & Education, European Graduate School Switzerland
  • BA Social Work, SDSU


  • Self-Care and Collective Well-Being
  • Nonviolent Communication
  • Community and Culture Building
  • Trauma Informed Care
  • Restorative Practices
  • Healing-Centered Engagement
  • The Arts, Mental Health, and Social-Emotional Learning


Rachelle loves live music and dancing with friends, a peaceful paddle around the bay, nerding out on the neuroscience of art, and hanging out with family watching her giant teenage son hit dingers for his high school baseball team.