Rachel Carlson is the co-founder and CEO of Guild Education, a mission-based company providing opportunities for America’s workforce through education. Working with employers and nonprofit universities, Guild designs adult education programs as a company benefit to support the 64 million working Americans who have yet to earn a college degree. Guild partners with America’s leading companies including Walmart, Disney, Lowe’s and Discover Financial. Guild has raised $71.5M from leading future of work and impact investors and has been named Top Woman-Owned Business of the Year, Employee Initiative of the Year and a Fast Company Most Innovative Company.
Prior to founding Guild, Rachel was the CEO of Student Blueprint, led teams at American Honors, and worked for the 2008 Obama campaign before serving in the Obama White House. Rachel holds an M.B.A. from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business as well as an M.A. in Education and B.A. in Political Science from Stanford University. Rachel lives in Denver with her husband, David, and their daughters, Lily Grace and Magnolia.