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Rachael Chong

2016 Speaker

Rachael Chong is a social entrepreneur and a visionary leader. At the age of 24, alongside Susan Davis, Chong helped start up BRAC USA and raised $40 million in less than 9 months by strategically utilizing pro bono talent. Fresh off this success, Chong founded Catchafire in 2009 with a vision to create a more efficient and effective social good sector. Under her leadership, Catchafire is building a rapidly growing network of over 10,000 professionals and 2,500 social good organizations all across the United States, and has become the world’s largest online pro bono talent provider. Catchafire has been featured in The New York Times, Mashable, NPR, “FOX Business,” “CNN Money,” Crain’s, Forbes, Fast Company, TechCrunch, Daily Candy,, and facilitated a series in partnership with Fast Company on The Future of Service in America. In 2012, Chong received the prestigious NYC Venture Fellowship, the “Tribeca Disruptive Innovation” award and was named one of Fast Company’s most “100 Creative People in Business 2012.” She has a Masters of Public Policy degree from Duke University and graduated magna cum laude from Barnard College at Columbia University.