Meghann Ray, a first-year student at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, has joined the University of Arkansas Winthrop Rockefeller Institute as a Program Officer.
In her new role, Ray will lead initiatives addressing topics and issues that face Arkansans, including education policy and health equity.
“My goal is to bring state leaders, local leaders, and citizens together to problem solve and create transformational change through collaboration, focus groups, and other democratic processes,” Ray said. “I have a heart for people and problem-solving issues to make our community and state better. It has been a hard few years for everyone and I wanted to be part of the solution to the issues most significantly affecting Arkansas.”
Ray, who enrolled in Clinton School Online in March 2021, boasts more than a decade of experience working with community-based organizations across Oklahoma. She previously worked as a development associate for Public Radio Tulsa, served on the board of the Tulsa Association for Women in Communications (AWC), and was the Marketing and Communications Director at Iron Gate, a soup kitchen and grocery pantry located in downtown Tulsa.
“I think the only reason I felt compelled to apply for this role at this specific time in my career is because of the knowledge, skills, and resources the Clinton School has provided me,” Ray said. “Dr. Richards' course was eye-opening and life changing. It taught me there are better ways we can facilitate these tough conversations that can lead to positive and effective change.”
Ray is a graduate of The University of Tulsa with a degree in psychology and sociology.
The Clinton School Speaker Series not only enhances the education of Clinton School students, but also provides a venue for the public to engage in intellectual discussions on the issues of the day.