Dr. Rachel Gillum


Dr. Rachel Gillum is Head of Global Policy in Salesforce’s Office of Ethical & Humane Use of Technology.  She and her team work to ensure Salesforce’s suite of technologies, including AI products, are not used for harm and uphold basic human rights. Rachel is also an affiliated scholar at Stanford University and the author of several academic works including her book, Muslims in a Post-9/11 America: A Survey of Attitudes and Beliefs and Their Implications for U.S. National Security Policy, which explores how government counterterrorism and surveillance policies can become counterproductive to national security and disproportionately impact minority communities. She is a nonresident fellow at the Atlantic Council and a Term Member at the Council on Foreign Relations. 

Previously, Rachel worked alongside former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, former National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley and former Secretary of Defense Robert Gates at the strategic consulting firm RiceHadleyGates LLC, assisting CEOs and senior executives from Fortune 50 companies to early stage startups in meeting key strategic challenges. Rachel managed the firm’s portfolio of technology and venture capital companies as Senior Director of the Silicon Valley Office. Rachel has prior experience working as an intelligence analyst for the U.S. government.

Rachel is passionate about paving the way for the next generation of diverse leaders. She is the co-founder and former co-director of Truman National Security Project’s diversity initiative, aimed at supporting and advancing underrepresented minorities in the international security profession. She is also an Advisory Committee Member for the Ralph Bunche Summer Institute, a program at Duke University aimed to increase diversity within the Political Science discipline by providing a pipeline to graduate school and the professorate for under-represented minority students. 

Rachel received her doctorate and master’s degrees from Stanford University and her bachelors at the University of Washington in Seattle.