Rachel Sumekh is a strategist, speaker, and every leader‘s best friend.
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I’m an Iranian Jewish activist, and entrepreneur and impact consultant.
I spent the entirety of my 20s founding and serving as CEO of Swipe Out Hunger from 2013-2022 before passing the baton this past summer. Under my leadership, Swipe Out Hunger became the leading nonprofit in addressing college student hunger. Beyond our impact, the most rewarding part of my work was building an epic team. Today, its network of 550 university partners has helped serve over 5 million nourishing meals to students. Primarily, we support campus food pantries and dining meal swipe donation programs.
I believe in designing solutions at a systems-level. In 2017 I wrote the Hunger-Free Campus Act which coalitions have since helped to pass in six states. I served on the board of my synagogue, IKAR for six years, and am a proud graduate of UCLA. My work has been recognized by The Obama White House, Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list, and the Forward 50.
This journey has taught me tremendously about creating impact in today’s world, and to do so intentionally and sustainably. I’m now offering my services of presenting keynotes, leading workshops, and advising nonprofits, foundations, and anyone looking to be more strategic in their impact.