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About Rena - Honors and Awards


Experience - Policy Expert

  • Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education from Southern Illinois University

  • Bush Foundation Fellowship

  • Humphrey Fellow, Humphrey School of Public Affairs, University of Minnesota

  • University of Virginia, Emerging Legislator Leaders Program, Darden School of Business

  • Council of State Governments’(CSG) Henry Toll Fellow

  • CSG Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership Development( BILLD) Fellowship

  • Minnesota Task Force on Prematurity

  • Council of Minnesotans of African Heritage

  • Visible Child Work Group


Community Leader 

  • Graduate of the public policy program with Community Action Partnership of Ramsey and Washington Counties

  • Wellstone Organizing Fellow

  • LISC housing policy graduate

  • Public Policy Project graduate

  • Organizing Apprentice Project Fellow

  • Neighborhood Leadership Program participant with the Wilder Foundation


​​Awards and Recognition

  • 2018 HOMECO -The Collective Impact Award

  • 2018 Spark Award from National Organization of Black Elected Legislative Women 

  • 2017 Twincities Rise workforce development and leadership 

  • 2017 Community Health Centers -State Legislator of the Year

  • 2016 Sons of Bransford Leadership Award

  • 2016 St. Paul YWCA Award

  • 2015  Recognition for building equity for families experiencing Dementia  

  • 2014 Commissioner Award for outstanding leadership and service to the prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Rena's Vision

Learn more about Rena's vision for Saint Paul and for Minnesota. She's a champion for our priorities, including a quality education for all, paid family leave, raising the minimum wage, ending racial disparities, ensuring there's affordable housing, and that our criminal justice system is reformed to serve us.

Support Rena

Rena can't do it alone. She needs your help to get her message out and making our progressive vision for Saint Paul and Minnesota a reality. 


Please support her with a refundable contribution today.

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