RAIE GESSESSE

Panel Manager

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Raie is a fierce leader with 7+ years experience organizing in her community to build the power of young women, and especially young women of color. At 18 years old, Raie was appointed by former Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to serve as a Cabinet Member on the nation's first-ever Young Women's Cabinet. In her role, she has worked to elevate the voices of hundreds of young women across the state, impacting law and policy at the local, state, and national level.

 

She has helped lead and support campaigns to expand career opportunities for women of color, increase teachers of color across the state, and write and introduce a bill to establish paid internship opportunities for young women in government, business, philanthropy, and non-profit. In 2019, she was awarded the national Truman Scholarship for her commitment to public service and graduated with highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa. Most recently, she served as the inaugural Midwest Program Manager for IGNITE National, one of the country's largest young women's political organizations dedicated to training the next generation of political leaders. In her role, she has expanded IGNITE's presence across the region and accelerated young women’s tools to run for elected office.

 

In 2020, Raie graduated from Hamline University with a Bachelor of Arts in public health and political science, earning highest honors and Phi Beta Kappa. Currently, Raie is pursuing a Master’s in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School as a 2021 Paul and Daisy Soros Fellow and 2021 Center for Public Leadership Fellow.

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