Rachael Stephens

Program Director
NGA Economic Opportunity

Rachael Stephens serves as the director of workforce programs with NGA Economic Opportunity at NGA Solutions: The Center for Best Practices, where she serves as an advisor to state leaders on workforce development and education policies. Rachael oversees projects and technical assistance provided to governors’ staff and state policymakers on issues including the future of work and technological disruption; work-based learning, apprenticeship, and youth apprenticeship; occupational licensing reform; disability employment; and effective workforce system governance.

Before joining NGA Solutions, 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 Policyand The Hill, and her research has been featured in Bloomberg Business Week and Forbes.

Rachael holds a master’s degree 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 hails from Maryland.