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Rachel Sumekh

Rachel Sumekh serves on the Advisory Council of the Avodah Institute for Social Change.

Rachel Sumekh is an entrepreneur and social impact consultant with RNS Impact. Currently, her clients include start-ups, nonprofits and philanthropies including the Jewish Funders Network and Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation where she leads TEN, an initiative to change the lives of economically vulnerable Jews in the US.

For 10 years, Rachel served as the CEO and Founder of Swipe Out Hunger. The organization is the leading nonprofit in addressing hunger among college students. Swipe Out Hunger has been recognized by The Obama White House and landed Rachel on the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. Just prior to going full-time with Swipe, Rachel was in the 2012-13 Avodah Chicago Service Corps! 

Swipe Out Hunger began in 2010 with a few friends at UCLA. Since, its network has scaled to over 750 universities, serving millions of nourishing meals. The organization’s innovative approach allows university students to donate unused funds from their meal plans to food insecure peers. In 2021, Swipe merged with the College and University Food Bank Alliance (CUFBA) becoming the home for the food pantry movement. Rachel wrote the Hunger Free Campus Act which has been passed in California and eight other states, sending over $100+ million to anti-hunger programs on campus.

Rachel is on the Los Angeles Community College Foundation Board of Directors and a Schusterman Senior Fellow. She credits her Iranian Jewish parents for her intersectional perspective and warm leadership style.