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Dr. Jocelynne Rainey

President & CEO (She/Her)

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Dr. Jocelynne Rainey, Ed.D. is a leader in New York City’s nonprofit sector and a seasoned executive with over 25 years of leadership experience. As President & CEO, Dr. Rainey has led Brooklyn Org’s (BKO) bold evolution from Brooklyn Community Foundation to create a more inclusive and accessible model for community philanthropy. BKO has launched a new strategic plan to provide deeper support to nonprofit changemakers and marshal the resources required to end inequity in New York City’s largest borough.

Under Dr. Rainey’s leadership, Brooklyn Org has surpassed $100 million in total giving and expanded its sector-leading commitments to racial justice and community engagement. Dr. Rainey has championed a holistic participatory grantmaking approach in which all funding decisions are made in partnership with community members and annual Listening Tours that engage neighborhood residents in conversation to shape BKO’s funding and policy priorities.

Before joining BKO, Dr. Rainey served as CEO and President of Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO), where she oversaw innovative programs that focused on workforce development and job placement, educational access, and emotional well-being for justice-involved youth.

Previously, Dr. Rainey was Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNY) for nearly a decade, leading workforce development, internal operations, security, and human resource strategies. She was the architect of BNY’s model workforce development program, a key member of the executive leadership team that redeveloped the Yard and increased the number of small businesses doing business there and increasing jobs exponentially.

Prior to her tenure at BNYDC, Dr. Rainey was the Human Resources Director for specialty food retailer Agata and Valentina. She has also held senior positions at Independent Living Association, Home Depot, and Boar’s Head.

A graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, Dr. Rainey holds a master’s in administration from Metropolitan College and a doctorate in Leadership from St. John Fisher College. She is a member of the New York City Workforce Development Board, and a trustee of the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation, the Bridge Park Development Corporation, the New York College of Technology Foundation, Southern Connecticut State University Foundation, and the Mark Morris Dance Group.

Dr. Rainey is the recipient of several prestigious honors, including being named to The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Business list, Schneps Media Brooklyn Power List, the Crain’s New York Business Notable Black Leaders and Executives, and City & State New York’s Brooklyn and Nonprofit Power list.

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