Mary-Pat Hector

is the Georgia State Director at Rise, a graduate student at Georgia State University – Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, and a recent graduate of Spelman College. Mary-Pat grew a community service project into a non-profit: Youth in Action USA at the age of 12. By the age of 19, she became the youngest woman and person of color to run for public office in the state of Georgia, losing by only 22 votes. Prior to her role at Rise, Mary-Pat served as the National Youth Director for National Action Network; one of the country’s largest Civil Rights organizations. Through her duties at NAN, Mary-Pat led and organized hunger strikes that have gained more than 75,000 meals for students at HBCU’s, and developed an initiative to end student hunger on college campuses. She has also organized rallies to end police violence in communities of color and, developed youth entrepreneurship programming that has assisted hundreds of young people to kickstart licensed businesses.