Rachel Bellow is co-founder and Principal of Mind + Matter Studio, a social purpose strategy and positioning firm that specializes in shaping, communicating, and distributing ideas that matter for maximum impact. She works with business leaders, thought leaders, entrepreneurs, game-changing non-profits and the investors who support them to help ensure that the world understands their value and participates in their mission.
Rachel’s career has focused on shaping, communicating and funding ideas in ways that align social purpose and market opportunity. Among Rachel’s earliest entrepreneurial ventures was Project 180, the first incubator for joint ventures between nonprofit and commercial enterprise. Over the years, she’s founded or helped launch multiple enterprises. ROI Ventures, which she led with Suzanne Muchin, was the first social purpose brand strategy firm, and was acquired in 2012 by the Chicago VC firm, Abundant Venture Partners. She then co-founded and became lead strategist of Abundant’s new agency , Frequency540, which she left in 2014 to co-found Mind + Matter Studio. Rachel began her career on the design team of John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation “Genius Awards” Program and later, as Program Director for the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for 8 years, she developed and executed funding initiatives totaling $20M annually. As a member of the launch team of venture capital firm Divine Interventures, she was the partner in charge of social impact strategy, markets and acquisitions.
Rachel has served on many boards and advisory committees, including the TED Conference (where she was a Fellow in 2004), The American Center in Paris, the Center for Cultural Innovation, the James Irvine Foundation, Open Society Institute (Soros Funds), The National Endowment for the Arts, Streb Dance Company and Poets House. She is a founding member of New York City’s Committee on Urban Entrepreneurship and is a frequent guest lecturer at New York University, Lesley University, University of Chicago and Kellogg School of Business at Northwestern University. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from Harvard University.
Rachel is co-founder and co-host of The Big Payoff, a podcast for women on the rise. She lives in New York City.