Raie Gessesse
Midwest Program Manager

Raie Gessesse - Midwest Program Manager. Raie is a passionate advocate for racial and gender equity through blending her interests in culture, policy, and community organizing. During her undergraduate tenure, she has successfully engaged in numerous opportunities ranging from the non-profit, government, and philanthropy sectors. 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 this role she thoughtfully elevated the voices of young women across the state in impacting policy at the local, state and national level. She has also had the opportunity to speak to young women across the US, and internationally on the power of cultivating purpose into social impact. As the Midwest Program Manager, Raie oversees IGNITE’s high school and college programming as well as political engagement trainings for young women across the region.


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