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Rachel Merfalen

SD Workforce Partnership
Director of Business Services
Rachel Eva Merfalen is a Founder of Standard Spoon Barware and Director of Business Services for the San Diego Workforce Partnership. She designs and directs workforce development strategies, with a specific focus on how San Diego’s innovation economy informs local talent pipelines, leading to more connected educational and career pathways. She’s helped launch several COVID-19 business recovery initiatives, including High Road Kitchens and the Workforce Partnership’s ESOP conversion program. She’s strongly invested in long term regional strategies to connect education to careers, diversify the tech field, and address skilled talent shortages in high growth industries, supported with programs like Income Share AgreementsTechHire, and Advancing San Diego. Her mission is to make government funding easy for businesses, and to support quality jobs and inclusive business growth for San Diego.

Rachel is also an artist, writer, entrepreneur, and Startup Week alum. She co-founded Standard Spoon Barware in 2015, which re-visions home hospitality through high fidelity cocktail rituals, a common sense home bar framework, and obsessive barware design. She’s a San Diego native, and lives with her husband and business partner, Shawn Michael, in downtown’s East Village with their two kids (ages 1 and 4). Her favorite pastimes outside of work and business are taking road trips and nerding out in the garden and kitchen.
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