Managing Director, Head of Technology & Innovation
FullCycle Climate Partners
Rachel Payne is a technology executive, entrepreneur, investor, inventor and philanthropist. Rachel is Managing Director, Head of Innovation and Technology at FullCycle, a private equity fund that invests in climate solutions. Rachel served as a Board Director for BRAC USA (ranked #1 NGO), CREDO Mobile, KCET and dashboard.earth. Rachel also teaches at U.C. Berkeley and mentors as an alum with Techstars.
After earning her Stanford MBA, Rachel joined the founding team of Google.org. As the philanthropic arm of Google, Google.org created the blueprint for a hybrid corporate philanthropy and investment fund, Rachel was Senior Program Officer, focused on Poverty Alleviation 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 for “Best Mobile Apps for Economic and Social Development” in 2010 in partnership with Grameen TC and MTN Uganda for their work on mobile innovation in Africa. She later became Principal, Global Strategic Alliances, managing Google’s important strategic partnerships in Media & Entertainment. In 2012, Rachel left Google to start FEM, a mission-driven IP holding company backed by Javelin Venture Partners and Stanford StartX. In 2015 at the Disney Accelerator, the FEM Inc. team launched Prizma, an AI Platform for Enterprise Customers in Media, Entertainment, Telecom and Technology. Prizma was acquired by Nielsen / Gracenote in 2018. Rachel ran for U.S. Congress in California's 48th Congressional District in the 2018 Midterm Elections.