Rachael Stephens

Program Director
NGA Economic Opportunity

Rachael Stephens serves as a program director with NGA Economic Opportunity of the National Governors Association Center for Best Practices. At NGA, Rachael provides technical assistance to governors’ staff and state policymakers on workforce and economic development issues including work-based learning, occupational licensing reform, and effective workforce system governance.

Before joining NGA, Rachael was the economic policy fellow at Third Way, where her research and policy work with Congress focused on workforce development, infrastructure, automation, and the future of work. Prior to that, she managed career-mentoring and job-connection programs for low-income adults in the New York City and D.C. metro areas. Rachael has published opinions in Real Clear Policy and The Hill, and her research has been featured in Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes.

Rachael holds a Master’s in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, and a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from Bryn Mawr College.

Rachael originally hails from Maryland and Virginia.