Rachel Bellow - Lead strategist
Rachel Bellow’s career has focused on framing, communicating and funding big ideas that matter — ones that align social purpose and business opportunity.
Among Rachel’s earliest entrepreneurial ventures was Project 180, the first incubator for joint ventures between nonprofit and commercial enterprise. She’s launched seven companies — including several with business partner Suzanne Muchin. ROI Ventures, which she led with Suzanne, was the first social purpose brand strategy firm, and was acquired in 2012 by the Chicago VC firm, Abundant Venture Partners. She and Suzanne became founders and lead strategists of Abundant’s new ad agency, Frequency540, which they left in 2014. Rachel began her career on the design team of MacArthur Foundation “Genius Awards” Program and later, as Program Director for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, she developed and executed funding initiatives totaling $20M annually. As a member of the launch team of venture capital firm Divine Interventures, she was the partner in charge of social impact strategy, markets and acquisitions. Rachel has served on many boards and advisory committees, including the TED Conference, The American Center in Paris, the Center for Cultural Innovation, the James Irvine Foundation, Open Society Institute (Soros Funds), The National Endowment for the Arts, Streb Dance Company and Poets House. She is a founding member of New York City’s Committee on Urban Entrepreneurship. Rachel is a frequent guest lecturer at New York University, Lesley University, and University of Chicago. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Harvard University.
Rachel is co-founder and co-hosts of Big Payoff Radio--a radio podcast for social entrepreneurs.