Midwest Program Manager, IGNITE National
Raie Gessesse (she/her) is a fierce advocate for racial and gender equity through blending her interests in culture, policy and community organizing. Her academic interests are at the intersection of health and justice with an emphasis in developing community-led public policy and legal interventions to advance public health. In recognition of her community advocacy, she was appointed by former Governor Mark Dayton to serve as a cabinet member on the first-ever Young Women's Cabinet. In her role, she has worked to elevate the voices of young women across the state impacting policy at the local, state, and national level. Currently, she is the Midwest Program Manager for IGNITE National, where she trains young women across the region to run for elected office.