Rachael Drew

Lead, Economic Prosperity, MIT Solve

United States

Rachael is the Lead for Solve’s Economic Prosperity pillar where she runs social impact challenges focused on financial inclusion, digital access & equity, and workforce development. Previously, Rachael was a Lead for Solve’s Strategic & Partner Programs team, which enables clients to utilize Solve's unique social innovation methodology to launch custom challenges around the world. Rachael managed a portfolio of clients with custom challenges focused on economic prosperity, education, workforce development, healthcare, rare disease, and US issues. In addition, she led the first two years of the inaugural MIT Solve Indigenous Communities Fellowship from 2018-2020. 

Prior to Solve, Rachael completed her MA degree in Global & International Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara as an Orfalea Fellow. Her academic work focused on postcolonial education systems, specifically culturally relevant curriculum content and development. She holds a BA in Political Science and Global Studies from California Lutheran University. 

Raised in Boise, Idaho she spent summers in the Sawtooth Mountains of central Idaho before moving to Southern California. Rachael enjoys the outdoors, politics, and reading memoirs. 

Interest Areas:

  • More transparent and inclusive philanthropic models of grant-making
  • Financial empowerment for vulnerable populations
  • Participatory design and DEI


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