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September 15, 2020

Technical Capacity Expansion Paves the Way for the Establishment of LAMP VIP Digital Hub Resource

By Rainey Center

WASHINGTON, September 15, 2020 — The Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy is expanding its digital department and welcomes Shannon Callahan, Digital Information Technology Manager, to the Rainey Center team. This investment in technology expertise comes as the organization shifts towards expanded digital engagement with partners and policymakers in order to meet the challenges of 2020 and beyond.

A Chicago native, Shannon Callahan serves as the Rainey Center’s new Digital Information Technology Manager. Her background spans the STEM discipline from the George Washington University’s Fluid Dynamics Lab to digital infrastructure management and data visualization for leading government contracting firms.

“Investing in technological knowhow is crucial for any organization continuing to thrive amid the current distancing climate,” noted Rainey CEO, Sarah E. Hunt. “This organizational expansion prioritizes innovation and is already driving campaigns designed to enhance our distanced engagement capabilities and further our mission of augmenting the voices of women, minorities and mavericks in the public policy arena.” 

This announcement follows the launch of the Leadership Alliance for a More Perfect Union (LAMP) website and LAMP VIP Digital Hub, a digital platform providing lawmakers and policy insiders with an expanding library of information. The Hub also includes training and networking tools designed to strengthen leadership skills and promote informed policy decisions on the most important news making topics of the day.

“As the Election 2020 cycle heats up, innovative platforms for education and engagement on issues that cross state and party lines are more important than ever,” North Carolina Representative Jason Saine remarked. “The LAMP initiative and its programming offer unique opportunities for legislators in all 50 states to learn and engage with their peers and issue experts. It has proved to be an invaluable resource for state leaders.”

The Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy is a post-partisan 501 (c)3 think tank and leadership development community founded on the values of equality, freedom and a more perfect union. Named for Representative Joseph Rainey, a former slave and the first African-American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Rainey Center was founded in 2018 with the goal of empowering the voices of women, minorities and mavericks in public policy. For more information, visit The Leadership Alliance for a More Perfect Union (LAMP) is the flagship leadership development program from the Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy. LAMP programs foster engagement and promote dialogue between state policymakers and a diverse group of experts from a wide variety of disciplines, including private-sector corporate leaders, high-level government officials, and members of the academic community. For more information or to become a LAMP VIP subscriber, please visit

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