Rachel Korberg (Bergenfield) was an Associate Director at The Rockefeller Foundation where her work focused on economic opportunity in the United States. She previously led the Foundation’s research on self-employment and the gig economy and headed grant-making on financial inclusion and economic recovery in the aftermath of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. She also served as the Foundation’s opportunity scout, collaborating with communities throughout the world to “scan” for breakthrough, big opportunities for impact.
Ms. Korberg comes from a career in global development and economic inclusion. She was previously Vice President at the venture capital and investment advisory firm Serengeti Capital where she founded and launched their social impact practice. Earlier, she worked with Innovations for Poverty Action, ACTED, and National Democratic Institute (NDI) in the U.S., Sub-Saharan Africa, and Central Asia. As a graduate student, she also worked with USAID.
Ms. Korberg has executive training in design thinking from Stanford University. She holds a Master’s Degree in Global Affairs from Yale University, where she was a research assistant to former World Bank President James Wolfensohn, and a BA with high honors from Tufts University.
Dec 04 2018Blog Post Announcing the Communities Thrive Challenge Grantees Today, we are thrilled to share the names of the 10 organizations that will each receive a $1 million grant as part of the Communities Thrive Challenge, a joint funding opportunity from The Rockefeller Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative. Each organization is not only making a tremendous impact in its community but also offering insight into […] Janie Lorber, Rachel Korberg Jul 30 2018Blog Post How U.S. Communities Are Advancing Economic Opportunity for All How are communities tackling poverty and inequity, and improving economic opportunity for all? This is the question posed by our Communities Thrive Challenge, a $10 million Rockefeller Foundation and Chan Zuckerberg Initiative funding opportunity to support and scale successful, community-driven approaches that improve economic opportunity for low-income and financially insecure people and communities across the United […] Rachel Korberg Feb 28 2018Blog Post Announcing ShiftLabs: A Community Design Lab on the Future of Work Work is more than just a paycheck. It is the way we support our families and contribute to our communities. It is our primary vehicle for economic stability, opportunity, and upward mobility. And for many of us, it is how we spend the majority of our waking hours and is a source of purpose and […] Abigail Carlton, Kristin Sharp, Molly Kinder, Rachel Korberg Sep 11 2017Blog Post Meet Two of the Millennial Women Who Run West Virginia One of the best parts about working for The Rockefeller Foundation is the amazing people I get to meet. I recently got to know Natalie Roper, executive director of Generation West Virginia, and Stephanie Tyree, executive director of The West Virginia Community Development Hub. We teamed up to bring together more than 25 of their […] Rachel Korberg Apr 18 2016Blog Post What We Know, What We Don't, and Leveraging Trends to Achieve the SDGs How can the world get beyond the commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and move toward actual success? The OECD Global Forum on Development brought together policymakers, funders, and business leaders from around the world to discuss this question, and we shared some of our thoughts. The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are designed to […] Claudia Juech, Rachel Korberg