Meet Our Digital Communications Organizer, Renate Ray

Renate Ray Mayer, | Digital Communications Organizer

she/her, they/them

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Renate Ray is a first-gen immigrant from sunny South Africa, where she worked as a journalist telling stories about marginalized communities. After a quick stint teaching English in China and Vietnam, Ray moved to Portland just in time to experience her first brutal winter here. For self-care, they try to take regular trips to the beach and go outside as soon as they see a patch of sun. 

After a trip to Portland during the 2016 election season left Ray feeling isolated and invisible, Renate is thrilled to be working towards building a Portland where people of African descent feel connected and affirmed.

When Ray gets a seat at the table, she brings two folding chairs and two femmes to go with them.