Rainey Center

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Rainey Center, also known as Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy, is a Washington, D.C.-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit with ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council that has been tax exempt since 2018.[1]

Rainey Center's describes itself as a "public policy research and leadership development community by and for women, minorities, and mavericks, named after Rep. Joseph Rainey, a former slave who was the first African American to serve in the United States House of Representatives."[1]

Leadership Alliance for a More Perfect Union (LAMP)

According to the organization's website, the Leadership Alliance for a More Perfect Union (LAMP) program "is the flagship leadership development program for the Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy. LAMP programs foster engagement and promote dialogue between state policymakers and a diverse group of experts from a wide variety of disciplines, including private-sector corporate leaders, high-level government officials, and members of the academic community."[2]

Ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council

Several employees of the Rainey Center have connections to the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC).[3]

Rainey Center's President, CEO, and Founder, Sarah Hunt, launched a clean energy program at ALEC.

Jason Saine, the National Chair of Rainey Center's LAMP program, was ALEC's North Carolina State Chair for four years and became National Chair of the organization in 2018.

Bartlett Cleveland, the Senior Advisor of LAMP, was Chair of ALEC's the Technology and Communications Taskforce for two years.

About ALEC
ALEC is a corporate bill mill. It is not just a lobby or a front group; it is much more powerful than that. Through ALEC, corporations hand state legislators their wishlists to benefit their bottom line. Corporations fund almost all of ALEC's operations. They pay for a seat on ALEC task forces where corporate lobbyists and special interest reps vote with elected officials to approve “model” bills. Learn more at the Center for Media and Democracy's ALECexposed.org, and check out breaking news on our ExposedbyCMD.org site.

Employee Ties to Other Politically-Active, Right-wing Nonprofits

Bartlett Cleveland formerly worked at Americans for Tax Reform.

Ethan Bishop-Henchman worked at R Street Institute as an Operations Specialist.

Core Financials


  • Total Revenue: $252,687
  • Total Expenses: $169,412
  • Net Assets: $83,275


Rainey Center is not required to disclose its funders but major foundation supporters can be found through their IRS filings. Here are some known contributors:

  • Arnold Ventures: $20,000 (2019)
  • Schwab Charitable Fund: $125,000 (2019)
  • The Energy Foundation: $275,000 (2019)



As of May 2021:[3][5][6]

  • Sarah Hunt, President and CEO
  • Mia Heck, Vice President
  • Jason Saine, National Chair, LAMP
  • Bartlett Cleland, Senior Advisor, LAMP
  • Kelsey Callahan, Senior Director, Projects and Energy
  • Molly Lynn Westrate, Communications Consultant
  • Ethan Bishop-Henchman, Operations Director
  • Shannon Callahan, Digital and Information Technology Manager
  • Christopher Ede-Calton, Senior Advisor, Climate and Foreign Policy
  • Robert Dillon, Senior Fellow for Energy Security
  • Katie Harbath, Advisory Board Member
  • John Patrick Carroll, Senior Fellow, National Security and Inclusive Governance
  • Charles Moran, Fellow, Inclusive Governance
  • Sarah Rumph, Communications Director and Fellow, Inclusive Governance
  • Frank Goertner, Policy Advisor
  • Rina Shah, Senior Fellow, Inclusive Governance
  • Grant Haver, Senior Fellow, National Security
  • Veronika Velch, Senior Fellow for National Security

Former Staff

  • Bishop Garrison, Cofounder and President

Board of Directors

As of November 2019:[4]

  • Jamie Barnett
  • Joshua Hone

As of February 2021:[7]

  • Chet Love

Contact Information

Rainey Center
317 A Street SE
Washington, DC 20003

EIN: 82-4929758 Website: https://www.raineycenter.org/
Phone: (202) 350-1689
Email: info@raineycenter.org
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RaineyCenter/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/raineycenter/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/RaineyCenter

Articles and Resources

IRS Form 990 Filings


Related SourceWatch


  1. 1.0 1.1 Guidestar, Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy, organizational website, accessed May 17, 2021.
  2. Rainey Center, LAMP, organizational website, accessed May 17, 2021.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Rainey Center, Our People, organizational website, accessed May 17, 2021.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Rainey Center, 2018 IRS Form 990 Filing, organizational tax filing, November 15, 2019.
  5. LinkedIn, Search Results: Joseph Rainey Center for Public Policy, organizational website, accessed May 17, 2021.
  6. JP Carroll, "Republicans Should Co-Sponsor SECURE Act", RealClear World, May 11, 2021, accessed May 17, 2021.
  7. LinkedIn, Chet Love, organizational website, accessed May 17, 2021.