Raquel Mata Head of Institutional Development Leveraging Partnerships for Second Chances. As Head of Institutional Development, Raquel manages funder relationships for the institutional arm of REDF, working closely with database systems, foundation and government. Inspired by REDF’s mission, Raquel is committed to bridging the gap between people who can and want to work and employment opportunity, all while addressing barriers that directly impact communities. As an Oakland native, Raquel enjoys exploring the city with her pup Ace, following Spanish league soccer, and listening to jazz. Raquel is a graduate of the University of California, San Diego.