Rachel Schneider

Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Rachel Schneider is currently the Omidyar Network Entrepreneur-in-Residence at the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program (FSP), and co-author of The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty. Rachel is launching a new effort to evolve the social contract to take into account the increasing financial volatility that workers experience. She is particularly interested in how small, strategic cash infusions can go a longer way by helping families at pivotal moments in which they simply don’t have the cash on hand that they need.

Rachel spent the last decade working to build the financial health of Americans at the Financial Health Network, where she is still a Senior Advisor. Rachel began her career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch & Co., but credits her commitment to the potential for innovative finance to solve major social problems from her days as a VISTA Volunteer (now AmeriCorps). She holds a J.D./M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. from UC Berkeley.

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