Rachel Christensen

Rachel Christensen
Phone: (619) 260-7433
Office: Mother Rosalie Hill Hall 149B

Assistant Director of Programs, SBDC

  • MPA, San Diego State University
  • BA, International Studies, Point Loma Nazarene University
  • Certificate in Transborder Opportunities, University of San Diego

Rachel Christensen is the Assistant Director of Programs for The Brink Small Business Development Center at the University of San Diego. 

Rachel has over 7 years working with micro, small and social businesses, helping them learn and grow through access to capital, entrepreneurial training and connecting with other founders. Recently, she was part of the leadership team that took University of San Diego's Social Innovation Challenge global, becoming the Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge that now trains and funds young entrepreneurs from 14 countries worldwide. Rachel has a Master's degree in Public Administration and is Chairwoman of the Board of Directors for the bi-national non-profit Create Purpose.  
Rachel helps brokers and bridge-builders create and connect so individuals and communities can flourish.

Conferences and Presentations


The Fowler Global Social Innovation Challenge live on NBC7 and KUSI.

Areas of Interest

Small Business Development

Founder Journeys

Diversity in Entrepreneurship

Social Innovation

Sustainable Development Goals

Design Thinking

Customer Discovery