The Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy is a cross-partisan, 501(c)3 public policy research and
leadership development community by and for women, minorities, and mavericks, named after Rep. Joseph Rainey, a former slave who was the first African-American to serve in the United States House of Representatives.
Imagine a friendship between a conservative woman working in clean energy and climate policy and an African American, progressive man working in national security policy. They bond over a shared experience: Routinely not seeing any other women or people of color in rooms of policy decisions-makers. Their aspiration to see more diversity in public policy and build a policy leadership community for women, minorities, and mavericks launched the Rainey Center in early 2018.
The American people are rich in their diversity. We aim to build a policy making class that is as diverse as the America herself. The best public policy is made when many voices and experiences are at the table. More voices will yield both more creative solutions and policies designed by members of communities they impact. We also believe that inclusive governance is necessary for sustainable politics and the legitimacy of our democratic institutions. And like our namesake and inspiration, Rep. Joseph Rainey, we don’t shy away from addressing difficulties in policy-making, challenging the status quo, or tackling controversial issues.
The Rainey Center engages in policy research, education, advocacy, and leadership development as cross-partisan, pragmatic problem solvers. Our audience includes state policymakers, federal policymakers, and political umbrella groups. Our policy teams are led by women and minorities - authentic messengers with unique perspectives. We are also a leadership community that develops emerging policy leaders through our fellowship program and the Leadership Alliance for a More Perfect Union (LAMP), our program for state policymakers.