Rachel Zillner

Co-Founder & CEO


Born and raised in the Sacramento Region, Rachel Zillner worked nearly two decades in the banking industry before shifting to full-time business ownership and management – although she has always led with an entrepreneurial spirit.

In 2019, Rachel co-founded Clutch, a consulting and management services firm supporting public entities, private businesses, and non-profit organizations as they strive to meet and achieve their goals. She now serves as the company’s CEO, leading the strategic direction for the nearly 200-employee organization.

Rachel has a knack for finding great talent and bringing the right people together to tackle challenges big and small. She has an impeccable reputation for finding innovative approaches to significantly improve processes, decision-making, and value. Rachel is known for her fearless leadership, and financial savviness, and carries the unofficial world record in trying to create more than 24 hours in a day.

Rachel is a longtime supporter of the Sacramento business community, having served as the chair of the Sacramento Metro Chamber Foundation Board of Directors and Metro EDGE, as well as a past member of the Sacramento Metro Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Executive Committee. She was awarded the Sacramento Business Journal’s 40-Under-40 in 2015 and in 2018 was recognized as the Executive Woman of the Year by the National Association of Women Business Owners. More recently, Rachel, along with her Clutch co-founder, was awarded Entrepreneur of the Year by Folsom Chamber of Commerce (Choose Folsom) and is a nominee for Earnst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year 2023 Bay Area award. Rachel is also a member of the local chapter of Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), an international organization.

She graduated from California State University of Sacramento in 2009 with a degree in Business Management and obtained an MBA in 2012 from the University of Phoenix.

Rachel loves to travel the world with her two beautiful daughters: Paisley (10) and Pepper (8), and her supportive husband, David