I'm Rachel Payne, a tech executive and entrepreneur running for California's 48th Congressional District. 

I have seen firsthand how technology and new business models have transformed the economy. Our economic growth opportunities are unprecedented, but in order for us to advance, we have to make sure everyone has the opportunity to succeed.

I have championed policies that make a meaningful place for everyone in the new economy. I believe I have the experience, problem solving skills, passion and compassion needed to bring people together and put forth innovate solutions for Orange County's most pressing problems.

Join me in this campaign and help send Payne to Congress.


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  • David Popkin endorsed

    “I worked with Rachel at Google and could not imagine a more talented and qualified leader. We are lucky to have someone of her ability in this race.”

  • Eleanor Nagler endorsed

    “This country needs brave individuals to stand up to the miserable administration we have now and Rachel Payne is the kind of person we need.”

  • Ben Nunez endorsed

    “I've been in the entrepreneurial trenches with Rachel, and am fully endorsing her - her message, what she stands for, and her outsider perspective. We need her!”

  • Richard Parenteau endorsed

    “I have worked with Rachel Payne and she is a "do it right" and "get it done" person focused on making government work for working people. We need her in Congress working for us. I support Rachel Payne for Congress and ask that you do too.”

  • Mark Breeden endorsed

    “I am supporting Rachel Payne for Congress CA48. #flipitblue #bluewaveiscoming”

  • Suzanne Darley endorsed

    “I feel that she has a modern vision and understands what it will take to turn her district toward more benevolent and people-centered policies. Rachel also understands what needs to happen in order to protect the natural resources of her district and will strive to protect them for future generations.”

  • Carolyne J Chase Chase endorsed

    “We need intelligent capable women in Congress and Rachel fits the bill. She will bring a progressive perspective to the table and work for us to make a future that benefits us all.”

  • Jeffrey Thompson endorsed

    “Time for new leadership in Congress. Rachael represents New thinking and a fresh perspective.”

  • Gisel Kordestani endorsed

    “Rachel and I worked at Google together. She's incredible and will serve us well!”

January 12, 2018

Rachel Payne Condemns Trump's Offensive Comments About Africa

In response to President Donald J. Trump’s remarks about immigration and Africa, Rachel Payne, Democratic Candidate for California’s 48th Congressional District, released an official statement and released a web ad discussing her firsthand experiences working in Africa.

“Donald Trump’s comments about Africa are offensive, misguided, and detrimental to our standing in the world, our allies, and the growth of our economy. When I was on the Africa Leadership team at Google, I spent several years working with the local community to help build the foundation for an Internet Economy and use technology to empower tech entpreneuers, farmers, students, and small business owners across the continent. There are not people on the planet stronger than women in Africa and they are my heroes. It is shameful that our president views these hardworking, entrepreneurial individuals as not worthy of living in America. His comments are not reflective of Orange County values and I’m calling on Congressman Dana Rohrabacher to denounce them.”

Rachel Payne is a technology executive and entrepreneur who has vast experience developing innovative solutions to drive economic growth. While working in International Business Operations and as Country Manager at Google, she led teams in Emerging Markets, spending several years living and working in sub-Saharan Africa. She focused on infrastructure, localization, strategic partnerships, and public policy to ensure broad-based participation in the opportunities created by mobile phones and emerging technologies. Her team’s work was recognized in 2010, where she accepted Google’s first award at the Mobile World Congress for “Best Mobile Apps for Economic and Social Development” along with partners MTN and the Grameen Foundation for building and scaling critical mobile services in agriculture, trade and health that serve people in poor, rural areas. She also worked with heads of state on policy relating to Internet access and job creation.

Rachel also has experience working for microfinance organizations that provide financial services and access to technology for low-income individuals in Latin America and Africa.

View her ad here: https://youtu.be/FuWao6EA29Y

December 14, 2017

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Show your support for this campaign by endorsing it and sharing why!

  • Thomas Flood endorsed

  • David Popkin endorsed

    “I worked with Rachel at Google and could not imagine a more talented and qualified leader. We are lucky to have someone of her ability in this race.”

  • Yasmin Naboa endorsed

  • Eleanor Nagler endorsed

    “This country needs brave individuals to stand up to the miserable administration we have now and Rachel Payne is the kind of person we need.”

  • Ben Nunez endorsed

    “I've been in the entrepreneurial trenches with Rachel, and am fully endorsing her - her message, what she stands for, and her outsider perspective. We need her!”

  • Carla Hummel endorsed

  • Richard Parenteau endorsed

    “I have worked with Rachel Payne and she is a "do it right" and "get it done" person focused on making government work for working people. We need her in Congress working for us. I support Rachel Payne for Congress and ask that you do too.”

  • Mark Breeden endorsed

    “I am supporting Rachel Payne for Congress CA48. #flipitblue #bluewaveiscoming”

  • Gary Good endorsed

  • Suzanne Darley endorsed

    “I feel that she has a modern vision and understands what it will take to turn her district toward more benevolent and people-centered policies. Rachel also understands what needs to happen in order to protect the natural resources of her district and will strive to protect them for future generations.”

  • Carolyne J Chase Chase endorsed

    “We need intelligent capable women in Congress and Rachel fits the bill. She will bring a progressive perspective to the table and work for us to make a future that benefits us all.”

  • Jeffrey Thompson endorsed

    “Time for new leadership in Congress. Rachael represents New thinking and a fresh perspective.”

  • Deanna Brownley endorsed

  • Yao Huang endorsed

  • Leigh Anne Miller endorsed

  • Mila Krivoruchko endorsed

  • Gisel Kordestani endorsed

    “Rachel and I worked at Google together. She's incredible and will serve us well!”