Rachel Payne was born in San Bernardino, California and grew up in a working-class family. Her father was a union operating engineer, and after her parents were divorced, Rachel’s mother worked multiple jobs to support her family as a single mom of three children.
Rachel won numerous scholarships, worked several part-time jobs and took out loans to become the first person in her family to go to college. She has since broken barriers in the male-dominated field of tech to build an exceptional career as a technology executive and entrepreneur, while actively involved in philanthropic activities. A recognized thought leader in the advancement of technology to reshape our world, she champions policies that make a meaningful place for everyone in the new economy.
Throughout her technology career, Rachel thrived on the opportunity to create a positive impact through hard work, perseverance and a commitment to results. While at Google, Rachel led International Business Operations in Emerging Markets, spending several years living and working in Sub-Saharan Africa. Her team’s work was recognized in 2010 for building and scaling critical mobile services in agriculture, trade and health that serve people in poor, rural areas. She also worked with heads of state on policy relating to Internet access and job creation.
In 2012, she co-founded FEM Inc., a holding company focused on research and development at the intersection of media, technology and gender. Currently, she resides in Aliso Viejo with her dog Mochi and enjoys living down the street from her sister and nieces.