Rinal Ray is a public policy professional, nonprofit leader, teacher, trainer, and lawyer. She is a College Possible Corps Alum and the former Senior Coach at Highland Park. Currently, Rinal is the Associate Executive Director and former Director of Systems Change and Community Engagement at People Serving People, an organization dedicated to preventing childhood, youth, and family homelessness. She oversees the organization’s programs and systems change efforts and is charged with advancing priorities around racial equity, community engagement, and narrative expansion. She also teaches Nonprofit Advocacy, Lobbying and Organizing in the Masters in Advocacy and Political Leadership program at Metropolitan State University.
Previously, Rinal served as deputy public policy director for the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits where she advanced the organization’s policy agenda at a state and local level, trained leaders on nonprofit advocacy, and lead special legal projects for the statewide association. Prior to her role at MCN, Rinal served as a staff attorney for the Minnesota Justice Foundation at William Mitchell College of Law.
Rinal also serves on the Hennepin County Continuum of Care Operations Board, the Board of the Minnesota Trauma Project, and on the Advisory Board of WinPoint, an advocacy analytics product incubated at Grassroots Solutions. She is a past board member for the Avalon School, the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and the Young Nonprofit Professionals Network of the Twin Cities. She has a B.A. in international studies and political science from Macalester College and a law degree from William Mitchell College of Law. Rinal was a 2015-2016 Humphrey Policy Fellow.