Rachael Grainger


Rachael provides analytical support to HR&A’s Digital Equity and Broadband practice with experience in public policy analysis, economic development, human centered-design, and behavioral economics.


Prior to joining HR&A, Rachael worked as an economic development and public policy consultant based in North Carolina, working closely with local governments on projects ranging from housing to entrepreneurship. She also worked with the Center on Rural Innovation (CORI) to build the capacity of community organizations and local governments for digital workforce development in rural America. Most recently, she worked closely with the North Carolina Office of Digital Equity and Literacy to implement a human centered-design research project to inform equitable device distribution across North Carolina as part of her final Master’s Project. Rachael is a returned Peace Corps Volunteer (Ukraine, ’18-20) and was a Paul D. Coverdell Fellow at Duke University.

Rachael has a Bachelor of Arts in Communication and Film/Media with Honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and a Masters of Public Policy from Duke University.