Rachel Heydemann is a graduate student researcher with the Equity Metrics program and is a master’s student in city planning, concentrating in housing, economic and community development. Prior to graduate school, Rachel ran a consulting business supporting mission-driven companies and community-based organizations working at the intersection of social justice, technological innovation and human centered design practices to help catalyze systems change, particularly in addressing homelessness and housing affordability issues in the Bay Area. Most recently, she partnered with the San Francisco Housing Accelerator Fund to support the nascent organization’s launch by managing strategic communications, partnership development, and impact assessment. Previously, Rachel worked at Google, empowering and training hundreds of nonprofit organizations in effectively leveraging Google’s products to bridge the digital divide, promote access to opportunity and maximize impact and efficacy. Rachel received a BS in Social Policy and International Relations from Northwestern University. She was born and raised in El Paso, Texas.