Fellow for the Economic Program

Rachael Stephens

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New to Washington despite growing up nearby in Maryland and Virginia, Rachael spent most of her life insisting she would stay far, far away from politics and government. Instead, she started her career on the frontlines of expanding economic opportunity, helping low-income jobseekers prepare for and find work. After three years of managing workforce development programs in New York City, Rachael decided there was more she could do to help people create and access opportunities across the country.     

As Third Way’s Economic Fellow, Rachael will be helping our team design policy solutions to the challenges facing middle-class families in a transforming 21st-century economy. Rachael joined Third Way because she believes that creative policy ideas driven from the center will deliver what Americans need today: access to more skills, more jobs, and more wealth.

Rachael recently completed her Master’s in Public Policy at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. She earned her Bachelor’s degree from Bryn Mawr College, where she graduated at the top of her class in Economics.

In her spare time, Rachael serves on the advisory board to a local workforce development organization, and volunteers on state and national political campaigns. She enjoys brunch, being outdoors, and – as any proud Marylander should – using Old Bay on every food group imaginable.