People

Rana LaPine

A woman in a black sleeveless dress, standing in front of a wooden shelf with a light teal background. Items such as pots and wooden placeholders are on the shelves.Rana LaPine serves as the Initiative Associate for the Indigenous Communities Initiative.

Before joining NoVo’s team, Rana worked as the Program Associate for Cause Effective, where she supported consultants and had the privilege to work with dozens of grassroots organizations as they strengthened their internal capacity to continue fighting for change in New York City.

Prior to her time at Cause Effective, Rana worked as the Employer Relations Assistant at Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where she studied International Relations and Economics. Throughout her time there, she worked to develop Native Heritage Month celebrations and partnered with numerous student groups to intertwine indigenous issues with existing programming, for which she won Wheaton’s Ujima Award.

As an unenrolled Kanien’keha:ka (Mohawk) woman, Rana attempts to apply the Seven Generations Principle to her daily actions, and is passionate in building a better world for generations to come.

When not at work, Rana likes to spend time with friends, lift weights, cook, and read.

“Recognizing the good, not just in one’s own personal circumstances, but in the world, makes anything possible.” –Wilma Mankiller