Rachel Sumekh is the Founder & CEO of Swipe Out Hunger, the leading nonprofit addressing college hunger which now spans to more than 140 campuses in 41 states. Started in 2010 by a group at UCLA, today, Swipe Out Hunger provides on-campus solutions to colleges, policy and advocacy pathways, and student empowerment practices. Sumekh is the original architect of the Hunger Free Campus Bill which has sent more than $70 million to colleges across four states to fund antihunger programs on campuses. Her work has been recognized by The Obama White House as a “Champion of Change,” and the Forbes 30 Under 30 list. Before launching Swipe Out Hunger full-time, Sumekh followed her millennial urge to change the world and served those facing poverty as a case manager in Chicago through AmeriCorps. Sumekh serves on the board of her Jewish spiritual community, IKAR, and is a proud graduate of UCLA. She credits her upbringing as the child of Iranian Jewish refugees for her intersectional perspective.
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