Jocelynne Rainey, Ed.D
Dr. Jocelynne Rainey is a seasoned executive with over 20 years of management experience and a leader in the workforce development sector in New York City. As CEO and President of Getting Out and Staying Out (GOSO), a leading citywide non-profit serving justice-individuals, Dr. Rainey oversees programming which has helped more than 10,000 young men access education, achieve emotional well-being and secure meaningful employment since it’s advent 15 years ago. GOSO’s innovative workforce development program, GOSOWorks, has placed hundreds of justice-involved young men in paid internships and internship-to-employment placements in fields including non-profits, food service, construction and building maintenance—growth industries in the metropolitan area.
Before coming to GOSO, Dr. Rainey was Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer for the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation (BNYDC), leading workforce development, administration, security and human resource strategies for the organization. She established impactful partnerships in order to connect the underserved community in Brooklyn with career opportunities in the Yard’s growing industries, eliminating barriers to employment for disadvantaged populations and increased placements of formerly incarcerated individuals to 20 percent and total workforce placements from 100 to over 500 in eight years.
Prior to her tenure at BNYDC, she was the Human Resources Director for specialty food retailer Agata and Valentina. Dr. Rainey also has held senior positions at Independent Living Association, Home Depot and Boar’s Head. A graduate of Southern Connecticut State University, Dr. Rainey holds a master’s in administration from Metropolitan College and a doctorate in Leadership from St. John Fisher College. She is a member of the New York City Workforce Development Board, a trustee of the New York College of Technology Foundation Board and trustee of the Brooklyn Children Museum Board. Dr, Rainey is the recipient of several prestigious honors including being named one of The Network Journal’s 25 Influential Black Women in Businesses in 2016. Dr. Rainey resides in Brooklyn with her husband Dr. Perry Rainey, a high school principal, and has two adult sons.