What We Do
Research Director, Ten-Year Forecast
Since 2008, Rachel has brought knowledge, deep curiosity and empathy to dozens of projects at IFTF. She enjoys standing alongside our clients and looking ahead with them to see how IFTF’s future forecasts may impact their organization.
In our Ten-Year Forecast program, she works to customize and interpret research to be relevant and accessible to our members. She has worked with a wide range of organizations, from large corporations like Procter & Gamble and Hallmark Cards to government agencies including the Office of Naval Research to educational institutions like UC San Francisco to nonprofit organizations such as United Cerebral Palsy. She is an expert designer and facilitator of workshops that help our clients build insight for their organizations.
Rachel is part of the core team that develops large-scale online engagements, and has served as a gamemaster for every IFTF Foresight Engine™ game in the past 7 years, including UCSF2025, Connected Citizens, Future of Hospitals and more. Rachel’s current research is broad by design, with a particular interest in the shift from telepresence to copresence. In her previous role as a research manager with Distinguished Fellow Bob Johansen, she focused on future forces affecting retail, customer relationships, business architecture, consumer insight and supply chains. Rachel is also co-curator of TEDxRedding. She holds a BA in religion and psychology from St. Olaf College, an MDiv from Yale Divinity School, and an MPhil in ecumenical studies from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland.
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Making the Future
“Champions of change exist within every organization regardless of the sector or industry. Our job as forecasters is to provoke future-oriented leaders so that they can help their organization get ahead of trends and disruptions. We equip people to make the future by reframing how they think about what they do, surfacing their assumptions, and inspiring them with concrete examples that point to larger patterns of change.”