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Celebrating Rinal Ray

Every fall, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal releases the Women in Business Awards and a familiar name graced the pages in 2020: Rinal Ray.

An amazing community leader, public policy professional, teacher, trainer and , Rinal Ray currently serves as the interim Executive Director of People Serving People, Minnesota’s largest family homeless shelter. Recognition as a 2020 Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business honoree serves to highlight a professional life that is a force of change in Minnesota.

College Possible is lucky to have a long relationship with Ray. 15 years ago, we experienced her budding community enthusiasm when she served as a College Possible AmeriCorps coach at Highland Park High School. Since then, Ray has continued to be involved with the College Possible community; first as a donor, then as chair of our inaugural AmeriCorps Alumni Council and currently as a Minnesota board member (2014-present).

Over the years, Ray has led trainings for hundreds of AmeriCorps members on a variety of topics, ranging from developing as a professional in the nonprofit sector to promoting a term of service to potential employers. She has consistently made herself available to College Possible service members, offering insight to our community of young professionals and investing her time in helping them grow. She models mentorship and brings a high level of intentionality to the relationships she develops with others. Since her time on the Minnesota board began, Ray’s contributions have informed the way College Possible approaches everything, from program expansion to partnerships with other organizations. Her leadership, insights and caring nature are deeply appreciated.

College Possible is overjoyed that Rinal Ray has been recognized as a community leader and a 2020 Women in Business honoree. Read more about Rinal Ray’s 2020 Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal Women in Business honor here, then check out her College Possible Minnesota board highlight here.

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