An innovative business leader and champion for California working families
Rachel Payne is a technology executive and entrepreneur running for Congress to expand economic opportunity for California working families. She learned the value of hard work from her parents early in life — her father was a union operating engineer, and her mother worked multiple jobs to make ends meet after they divorced. Rachel became the first member of her family to go to college with the help of scholarships, student loans, and several jobs. After graduating from Smith College, she began her career in Silicon Valley at a time when the first wave of internet technology companies revolutionized our economy. Rachel earned her MBA from Stanford University and went on to join the founding team of Google.org, the groundbreaking technology company’s results-driven charitable arm. She led international business operations in emerging markets, building and strengthening infrastructure and strategic partnerships to expand economic opportunity for all. She served as principal of global strategic alliances at Google before going on to co-found FEM Inc., an all-women-founded and mission-driven company dedicated to serving and empowering diverse communities through research and product development. Rachel also currently serves as CEO of Prizma, an innovative startup she built with FEM. Inc. She lives in Aliso Viejo with her dog Mochi and is dedicated to serving the community she, her sister, and nieces are proud to call home.
A fighter working to expand economic opportunity
Rachel is running to expand economic opportunity for all California working families and to help create good-paying jobs in a rapidly changing economy. Rachel is an experienced leader in the technology community that has driven economic growth in the Golden State and across the country, and she is committed to building an inclusive economy that empowers all women and working families to thrive. Early in her career she had the opportunity to work at technology companies where women had a strong presence, and she is a powerful advocate for women’s leadership in all fields. At a time when extreme Republicans are desperately trying to undo all the progress we’ve worked so hard to make, Rachel is working tirelessly to move California forward and to help all hardworking families thrive.
An opportunity to flip a seat and take back the House
Rachel is challenging vulnerable Republican Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, a dangerous extremist who has been called “Putin's favorite Congressman” and works to advance an agenda that hurts the California working families he was elected to represent. Our path to taking back the House runs straight through districts like this one, where Hillary Clinton narrowly outperformed Donald Trump in 2016. Rohrabacher has close ties to deep-pocketed special interests, but Rachel has what it takes to hold him accountable for his record of failure and bring new leadership to California’s 48th Congressional District. Let’s show this champion for California working families our full support and help her flip this seat and take back the House.