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Rachel Curtis

Phoenix Impact Accelerator Program Associate

"Whether you think you can or you can't, you're right." Henry Ford

Rachel Curtis is passionate about empowering individuals and creating positive change through entrepreneurship. After completing a Bachelor of Science in Public Health from BYU, she spent two years managing the Anti-Human Trafficking Program at the International Rescue Committee’s (IRC) Phoenix office. In this capacity, she worked directly with all foreign national victims of labor and sex-trafficking in the state of Arizona, led trainings, built partnerships, and coordinated all legal and law enforcement efforts to assist victims. She also assisted women refugee victims of domestic violence.

During her time at the IRC, she became passionate about improving non-profit initiatives through private sector involvement. She left the IRC to earn an MBA from ASU, focusing on entrepreneurship and sustainability, as a Forward Focus Scholarship recipient. During her MBA, she was Co-President of the Net Impact Club, LDSSA President (leading inter-faith initiatives), and a Program Officer with the McCain Institute for International Leadership, building partnerships for the Buffett-McCain Institute Initiative to Combat Modern Slavery.

Later this year, she will join the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Global Partnerships, working in Public-Private Partnerships, specifically on women’s entrepreneurship and anti-trafficking efforts. She has done research or humanitarian work in Central & South America, and the South Pacific, and spent time studying in the Middle East. She graduated from the Leading For Change Political Leadership Fellowship, in 2016. She was also recognized as one of Poet’s & Quants “Best & Brightest” MBA’s of 2018.


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