Director, talent and operations
After earning a master’s in business administration from the UCLA Anderson School of Management, Rachel spent more than a decade with The Broad Foundation, bringing a variety of major projects to life. Among them, she produced the Los Angeles civic dedication ceremony for The Broad museum and annual events for The Broad Prize for Urban Education as well as several of the organization’s publications.
While at the foundation, Rachel also managed The Broad Prize scholarship program, targeting low-income high school seniors with demonstrated records of academic improvement. During her tenure, more than 500 young people around the country got the inspiration and investment support they needed to succeed in college.
Earlier in her career, she helped develop the marketing campaign for Eli Broad’s New York Times best-seller “The Art of Being Unreasonable” and created a public-private partnership to market the arts and cultural resources of the city of Los Angeles.
As the director of talent and operations, she manages the organizational budget, improves protocols and procedures that support everyone’s work, and ensures that our internal teams are made up of passionate people with a commitment to educational equity and dedicated to developing the next generation of urban education leaders.
A native Californian and mom of two young sons, Rachel loves feeling good about the work she does every day. She is grateful that her efforts at The Broad Center help her contribute to a world in which every child has a fair shot to succeed in life.
Were you involved in any activities when you were in school?
In high school, I was in the travel club and the Asian-American club. In college, I was active in alternative spring break with the Chumash tribes and Army ROTC.
Who was your favorite teacher when you were in school?
My high school psychology teacher, Mr. Friedman, had a wonderful way of connecting with students so that we all knew he really cared about us — not just whether we learned the material.
What others say about Rachel:
“Rachel is the first to brush dirt off and trek on.”
“I love the level of detail, energy and sarcasm she brings to our team.”
Articles by Rachel
Boosting the new team member experience: Beyond the usual onboarding, The Broad Center Blog, September 11, 2018
Welcoming a new member to your organization is an important and exciting process for both the employer and the incoming team member. Check out Rachel Smookler’s blog post about the onboarding experience at The Broad Center. Read more.