Lead Program Officer
Rana LaPine joined First Nations in 2018 as a Project Coordinator, and was promoted to Program Officer in 2019 and to Lead Program Officer in 2021. Previously she worked as Initiative Associate at NoVo Foundation within its Indigenous Communities initiative and, prior to NoVo, she 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.
Rana received her BA degree from Wheaton College in Norton, Massachusetts, where she studied International Relations and Economics and worked within the Career Services Office as Employer Relations Assistant. Throughout her time at Wheaton, she worked to develop Native Heritage Month celebrations and partnered with numerous student groups to intertwine Indigenous issues with existing programming.
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.