Mary-Pat Hector

is the Program Strategist at Rise, Inc. and is 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. In addition to her role at Rise, Mary-Pat serves as the National Youth Director for National Action Network; one of this countries largest Civil Rights organizations. Through her duties at NAN Mary-Pat has led and organized hunger strikes that have gained more than 75,000 meals for students at HBCU’s, developing 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.