McDonough School of Business

Rachel Pacheco

Dr. Rachel Pacheco, PhD is an award winning author and management professor at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University. 

Rachel is deeply passionate about ensuring that leaders, executives, and managers have the practical tools required to build thriving teams and develop inclusive and resilient cultures. She teaches courses for undergraduate, graduate, and executive students across a range of topics focused on leadership, team dynamics, organizational culture, and management. A former Chief People Officer, Rachel serves on the board of directors and board of advisors for numerous start-ups and high growth organizations, primarily in the digital health space.

Her best-selling book, Bringing Up the Boss: Practical Lessons for New Managers (new window), focuses on translating academic research and data into immediately useable tools for practitioners. Rachel’s second book, currently underway, explores how managers bring meaning, authenticity, and their own self-discovery into the workplace.  Her academic research focuses on power and conflict across global teams, and her PhD dissertation won Best Dissertation at the Academy of International Business.

Prior to her role at Georgetown, Rachel was on the faculty of the Management Department at the Wharton School, and was a founding faculty member of the Entrepreneurship Education Program at the Graduate School of Education at the University of Pennsylvania.  She previously was an executive at the JPMorgan Chase Institute, and has lived and worked in Kazakhstan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, and Indonesia.

She received her BS in Mathematics from Georgetown University and her MBA, MPhil and PhD in Business Administration from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania.  She lives in Washington, DC with her husband, Michael and their son, Benji.