ceo transition


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.

Public recruiting for the position will begin later this month and a link to the position description will be made available here.

Questions regarding the search or transition may be directed to Ballinger | Leafblad via Lars Leafblad at

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