Rachel Myroniuk serves as the program officer for the Young Transatlantic Innovation Leaders Initiative (YTILI) within the Urban and Regional Policy program at GMF. In this capacity, Rachel leads the innovation and entrepreneurship programming at GMF, including the YTILI Fellowship program. Her work focuses on the empowerment of European entrepreneurs and innovators, including capacity building within networks, resources, and tools needed to grow enterprises and promote economic development, job security, and good governance within the transatlantic context. Through the YTILI Fellowship program, Rachel focuses on strengthening entrepreneurial ecosystems by facilitating knowledge sharing and peer-to-peer learning between American and European innovators, policymakers, and thought-leaders.
Prior to joining GMF, Rachel worked for the State of Rhode Island, where she managed a multi-million-dollar economic development funding program to increase the capacity of innovation within the state. Her work primarily focused on TBED policy initiatives to strengthen the entrepreneurial ecosystem, including identifying the barriers to commercialization, understanding the local and regional innovation life-cycle, engaging investors and small business support systems, and administering public funds to support Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Technology Transfer Innovation Research (STTR) businesses. Previously, Rachel managed a $20-million-dollar interdisciplinary research center focused on bridging science with decision-making in broad areas of social and scientific policy at Georgetown University. She has also served as a senior program assistant at the National Academy of Sciences, Board on Chemical Sciences and Technology in Washington, DC.
Rachel holds a master’s degree in public policy from George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government, where she focused on water policy and economics, conducting field research in Sub-Saharan Africa and urban India. She also holds a bachelor of arts in political science and philosophy from the University of Kansas.