About Rachel Payne, Founder and CEO, FEM INC and former Principal, Global Strategic Alliances, Google
Rachel Payne is Founder and CEO of FEM, Inc. an organization whose mission is to promote the positive effects of media and entertainment on society and to showcase feminine voices and perspectives. The FEM Inc vision is to change the content paradigm by empowering consumers with more choices based on the potential effects of the content they watch and drive greater demand for content that has a positive impact on society.
Before starting FEM Inc., Rachel was Principal, Global Strategic Alliances, at Google, where she worked with the executive team and with senior executives across all product areas to develop strategy and engagement models for Google’s most important partners globally. Prior to this, Rachel was Head of Industry for Technology, running cross-platform media sales teams servicing Google’s largest technology partners. She was also on the Google Africa management team, helping establish their sub-Saharan Africa business operations as Country Manager for Google Uganda. Rachel joined Google as the first employee hired on the founding team of Google.org, and was a senior program officer on the Global Development team from its inception.
Rachel is an entrepreneur at heart and has been on the founding or early teams of several successful ventures in Silicon Valley including Hotwire (acquired by IAC) and Billpoint (acquired by eBay). In 2005, Rachel Co-Founded inDplay - a media company providing cross-platform distribution for independent, professionally-produced content - and served on the Board of Directors until 2007 (acquired by Discovery Media Group); investors included Eric Schmidt, William Randolph Hearst III and Shai Agassi.
Rachel serves on the Global Advisory Board for BRAC USA and is on the Board of Directors for LinkTV and Working Assets (Credo).
Rachel earned an MBA in Global Management and Public Management from Stanford University and a B.A. with distinction from Smith College. She resides in California.