We are thrilled to announce GOSO President & CEO, Dr. Jocelynne Rainey, has joined the elite roster of Crain’s 2021 New York’s Notable Black Leaders and Executives.
Dr. Rainey made history as GOSO’s first Black President and has grown the incredible legacy of GOSO in her tenure. In the past year, GOSO achieved a 10% recidivism rate for participants, distributed over 20,000 packs of PPE to the community, placed over 100 participants in GOSOWorks opportunities, and was one of the only reentry services in New York City taking in new participants at the height of the pandemic. Through the immense challenges, Dr. Rainey has lead GOSO with dedication and resolve to rise above.
From Crain’s 2021 Notable Black Leaders & Executives list:
Jocelynne Rainey has significant workforce development expertise gained as chief administrative officer and executive vice president at the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Rainey now applies that knowledge and skill as president and chief executive officer at Getting Out and Staying Out, a reentry program that, through education and employment opportunities, services people affected by incarceration.
Rainey has expanded GOSO’s work by including efforts to transform the criminal-justice system and fight for racial justice. Under her leadership, the recidivism rate of GOSO clients is 15%, far below the national average. Since the pandemic struck, Rainey has overseen the distribution of more than 7,000 meals and secured more than 40 job placements—accomplishments that led City & State New York to name her a Manhattan Hero.
About the list:
“For a year destined to go down in infamy, 2020 was not without glimmers of goodness. As matters of race took center stage during the summer, we witnessed a remarkable outpouring of support for the Black community, even as the nation looked inward and found itself wanting. In a movement that not even a pandemic could overshadow, Americans flooded streets from coast to coast and, in the tradition of the civil rights greats before them, demanded justice.
“But America’s Black community is about so much more than the centuries-long accretion of systemic inequities. It is a community characterized by mettle and dignity, by fraternity and daring and resilience. It is a community of individuals and organizations whose achievements are all the more meaningful for the impediments that many, if not most, still must face.
“It is with this in mind that we selected these 94 honorees for our 2021 list of Notable Black Leaders and Executives. Our aim was to spotlight Black men and women who have affected our city with their professional, communal and philanthropic achievements, particularly in matters of diversity and inclusion. Hailing from an assortment of industries, the talented individuals that made the cut do our city proud.
“[Crain’s is] delighted to present them to you.” See the full list.