SANTA CLARA CONVENTION CENTER
MAY 10-11, 2019

THE WORLD’S LARGEST
ENTREPRENEURSHIP CONFERENCE

Start. Connect. Scale.

RACHEL BRUNETTE

Program Officer, Lemelson Foundation

TRACK KEYNOTE, YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS

Rachel Jagoda Brunette manages the Foundation’s work in our home state of Oregon. She strives to enhance the local ecosystem that inspires Oregonians to invent, supports invention education, and nurtures young inventors in taking their idea to impact through new businesses. Prior to joining the Foundation in 2014, Rachel worked on science, technology, and education policy in the government and nonprofit sectors. As professional staff with the US House of Representatives Committee on Science and Technology, she handled oversight of federal STEM programs at the National Science Foundation, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Department of Homeland Security, and other agencies. She also helped advocate for investments in education, sustainability, and basic research while working at the American Society for Engineering Education. After relocating to Oregon in 2008, Rachel worked for local elected officials on issues related to STEM education, technology industry development, and economic competitiveness. She holds a bachelor’s degree in physics from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in political management from The George Washington University.