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Rachel Payne

Rachel Payne is a technology executive, entrepreneur, investor, inventor, and philanthropist. Rachel is Managing Director, Head of Innovation and Technology at FullCycle, a growth equity fund that invests in climate solutions. Rachel served as a Board Director for BRAC USA (BRAC is ranked #1 NGO), CREDO Mobile, KCET, and dashboard.earth. She teaches at UC Berkeley and mentors with Techstars. Rachel was on the founding team of Google.org and created the blueprint for a hybrid corporate philanthropy and investment fund focused on global development and climate change. While at Google, Rachel led International Business Operations in Emerging Markets, living and working in sub-Saharan Africa as Country Manager on the Africa Regional Leadership Team. She accepted Google’s first award at Mobile World Congress (“Best Mobile Apps for Economic and Social Development”) in 2010 for her team’s work with Grameen Tech Center and MTN Uganda. She later became Principal, Global Strategic Alliances, managing Google’s important strategic partnerships. In 2012, Rachel left Google to start FEM, a mission-driven IP holding company backed by Javelin Venture Partners, Disney, and Stanford StartX. In 2015 at the Disney Techstars Accelerator, her team launched Prizma, an AI platform for enterprise customers in media, entertainment, telecom, and technology, which was acquired by Nielsen / Gracenote. Rachel ran for U.S. Congress in the 2018 Midterm Elections in California’s 48th District.