Rachel Payne

Managing Director, Head of Innovation & Technology

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, 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 later became Principal of 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.