ceo transition

November 20, 2020
portrait - Rinal Ray, CEO, People Serving People

Rinal Ray – Chief Executive Officer

People Serving People, the largest shelter in Hennepin County for children and their families experiencing homelessness, has selected Rinal Ray as the next Chief Executive Officer. Rinal will begin her duties immediately.

Ms. Ray, an experienced professional with a background in public policy and law, joined People Serving People in 2017 as Director of Systems Change and Community Engagement. In January 2019 Rinal was promoted to Associate Executive Director. In August, she assumed the interim role of Executive Director.

Since serving as Interim Executive Director, Ms. Ray has managed the organization’s operations in close collaboration with the leadership team, staff, and key partners. Ms. Ray has a strong track record of success in driving positive systemic change for our communities, and the Board of Directors is confident in her ability to lead the organization. Ray, the first woman of color to lead the organization in the CEO role, will also serve on the Board of Directors.

The Board noted that “we couldn’t be more excited about the transformational work occurring at People Serving People, and having an exceptional leader like Rinal to lead the effort.”

“In my role as CEO, I look forward to building on the strength of this organization and with its people – families, staff, board, donors, volunteers, and partners. We will keep meeting families in crisis response with dignity in shelter and wrap around supports. And we will build powerfully with our community to shift systems, prevent family homelessness, lead with the voices of our families and a strong and demanding love.”

People Serving People provides support to children and their families experiencing homelessness. We provide safe and dignified shelter and nutritious meals, while offering wraparound and trauma responsive services. These include educational services in shelter and in community through our Center of Excellence, advocacy services, and supportive groups. We also work upstream to prevent family homelessness through programs and systems change. We work with families, community partners, and volunteers. Our ultimate goal is to build housing stability and see families thrive.

There are extraordinary, dedicated and passionate people serving this organization. People Serving People is very excited for Ms. Ray to continue her work with our dedicated staff, key stakeholders, volunteers, and donors, to further our mission. We thank Ballinger | Leafblad for its expert and engaged guidance through the CEO search process.

We look forward to continuing to serve the community.

Best Regards,

People Serving People Board of Directors

October 2020

Public recruiting for People Serving People’s CEO has begun and a link to the position description is available here. Questions regarding the search or transition may be directed to Ballinger | Leafblad via Lars Leafblad at lars@ballingerleafblad.com.

September 2020

The Board has retained the firm of Ballinger | Leafblad to assist with the search and transition for our new Executive Director. A search committee of People Serving People board members has been formed and will lead the interview and selection process with support from Ballinger | Leafblad.

July 2, 2020

Daniel Gumnit - portrait

Daniel Gumnit

After nearly nine years with People Serving People, Daniel Gumnit will be stepping down as CEO on August 1, 2020, to pursue an opportunity with the Children’s Cancer Research Fund. We thank Daniel for his contributions to People Serving People and wish him well in his future endeavors. Although Daniel is leaving People Serving People, he will remain on the Board of Directors through the end of the year to help ensure a smooth transition.

Rinal Ray - portrait

Rinal Ray

The Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Rinal Ray as Interim Executive Director. Rinal joined People Serving People in 2017 as Director of Systems Change and Community Engagement. She was promoted to her current role as Associate Executive Director in January of 2019. Rinal is an experienced professional with a background in nonprofits, public policy and law. She is very excited to continue her work with our dedicated staff, volunteers, donors, and key stakeholders to further the important work currently being done. The Board of Directors is confident in Rinal’s ability to lead People Serving People. She has proven leadership skills and has been successful in driving positive systemic change for our communities.

People Serving People is the largest and most comprehensive emergency shelter for families experiencing homelessness in Minnesota and a dedicated leader in homelessness prevention. We work with families amid their experience of homelessness. We provide safe and dignified shelter and nutritious meals, while offering wraparound and trauma responsive services. These include educational services in shelter and in community through our Center of Excellence, advocacy services, and supportive groups. We are also working to move upstream to prevent the experience of family homelessness through both programs and systems change. We do this work with our families, community partners, and volunteers. Our ultimate goal is to build stability and see families thrive.

The Board will undertake a formal search for a permanent Executive Director. We continue to look forward to serving the community.

Best regards,

People Serving People Board of Directors