Our Team

Rachel Zabaneh


As a Bay Area educational entrepreneur and visionary for over a decade, Dr. Rachel Zabaneh, founder and CEO of Veritas Institute, has inspired education leaders and students across the nation with a revolutionary model of purpose-driven education.

Growing up in San Francisco, Rachel and her family ministered to the needs of the community that surrounded them – including the elderly, urban youth, homeless, disabled, and others marginalized by society. Building on these experiences and guided by the belief that young people are more than a test score, she designed award-winning, pedagogical techniques to help students learn by creating and leading innovative service projects. At Veritas, this is called “education with a purpose.”

Through her doctoral research at Creighton University, and efforts as Founding Director of the Social Entrepreneurship Lab and Caritas Scholars Program, Rachel continues to encourage educators and students alike with the motivational power of connecting a student’s academic work with their future vocation or “calling” in life.

It was Aristotle who famously said, “Where the needs of the world and your talents cross, there lies your vocation.” Whether transforming contemporary educational paradigms or participating in local or global humanitarian efforts, Rachel understands how to design systemic change in communities – through sustainable, replicable, and scalable methods of intervention.

At Veritas Institute for Leadership and Innovation, our objective is to empower every student to 1.) identify their God-given unique gifts and talents, 2.) discover what matters most to them and 3.) make lasting change in their communities and world.

“Your care for others is the measure of your greatness.” – Jesus

“The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet.” – Frederick Buechner

Special Presentations:

Stanford University Graduate School of Education

Topic: Social Entrepreneurship as a Pedagogical Tool for Student Success

KFAX Radio Station 

Topic: Servant Leadership

Q Commons Talk, Silicon Valley 

Topic: The Essentiality of Purpose in Academic Achievement

Location: CityTeam San Jose

Silicon Valley Startup: Idea to Ipo (workshop)  

Topic: Social Entrepreneurship: How You Can Change the World

Location: Bay Area Entrepreneurship Center

Gina Mazetti Show,  Special Guest  


Advisory Board and Mentors

Alicia Lau

Student Mentor

Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, ReadyBand

Father Steve Kim

Advisory Board

Parochial Vicar, Saint Lucy’s Parish, Diocese of San Jose

Dr. Davina Menezes, MD

Advisory Board

Pediatrics and Public Health Interventions

Dr. Jennifer Camota


Former Associate Dean, University of San Francisco
Hult International Business School

Jamie Griswold


Founder, CEO, UltraContest.com

Vadim Mialik


Founder, SEOSocially.com

Michelle Lacourciere

Global Initiatives Advisor

Director, Sirona Cares Foundation and CEO, Sirona Haiti, S.A.