america belongs to all of us

Together, we can create a more perfect union.
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We’re working towards a more inclusive America where public policy is for all people.

As a community of independently-minded policy leaders of today & tomorrow, we’re building consensus where it may seem impossible & daring to forge actionable solutions.

“The next chapter in American history will be a pivotal moment where the importance of finding common ground and fostering the productive dialogue needed to move the country forward especially in the areas of energy and national security cannot be overstated. The Rainey Center looks forward to continuing to create opportunities for productive dialogue to take place.”

Sarah E. Hunt
President & CEO
The Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy

our mission

What is the Rainey Center?

The Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy is a 501(c)(3) public policy research organization and leadership community founded on the values of equality, freedom, and a more perfect union. Named for Congressman Joseph Rainey, who was born enslaved and the first Black American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Rainey Center fosters dialogue on actionable solutions to America’s challenges while amplifying the voices of women, minorities, and mavericks in public policymaking.

What do we do?

The Rainey Center’s research and leadership development programs foster dialogue that generates recommendations to address our nation’s most pressing public policy issues. Our work supports today’s leaders while preparing the next generation of independently-minded leaders to work across political divides and towards a brighter future that reflects the diversity of the American people. We invite individuals across the ideological spectrum to join us in seeking mutual understanding and pursuing actionable solutions to America’s greatest policy challenges.

our work

Free and Fair Elections
national security
innovation & tech
Freedom, Equality & a more Perfect Union -
where the American Dream is for everyone.
Our FLAGSHIP Leadership
Development Program
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policy resources

We have our ears to the ground, across all 50 states, on our nation’s greatest policy challenges.


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news & updates

Press releases, expert commentary, & opinions on the most pressing issues of the day.

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meet our people

Sarah E. Hunt
President & CEO
Mia Heck
Vice President
Bartlett Cleland
Senior Advisor, LAMP
Kelsey Callahan
Senior Director, Projects & Energy
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