Bridge Partners Announces Appointment of president & CEO for Getting Out & Staying Out

January 2020 – Bridge Partners is delighted to announce the appointment of Dr. Jocelynne Rainey as President & CEO for Getting Out & Staying Out (GOSO).

GOSO is one of New York City’s most effective programs for preventing recidivism among young men involved in the criminal justice system by creating paths to educational achievement, meaningful employment and financial independence. GOSO also operates Stand Against Violence East Harlem (SAVE), which is part of the nationwide Cure Violence initiative.

As President & CEO, Dr. Rainey will lead GOSO through a strategic transition from successful founder-led era into a new chapter, as a scalable, mission-driven organization with a replicable programmatic model positioned for sustainable growth.

“We support justice-involved young men as they navigate structural and cultural barriers”, said Reginald Andre, GOSO Board Chair and Investment Banking Vice President at Goldman Sachs. “Dr. Rainey definitely has the talent, experience, and passion to lead GOSO into the next chapter.”

Dr. Rainey joins GOSO from the Brooklyn Navy Yard Development Corporation where she served as Chief Administrative Officer and was instrumental in building the Navy Yard into a premier workforce development organization, including formerly incarcerated individuals. Prior, she served in a senior HR capacity for J.A.V. Food Corporation and Boar’s Head. Dr. Rainey started her career in the nonprofit sector. She graduated from Southern Connecticut State University with a B.S. in Sociology, the Metropolitan College of New York with a M.S. in Administration and earned her EdD Doctorate from St. John Fisher College. She is currently a Board Member of the Mark Morris Dance Group and a Leadership Advisory Council Member for the Bridge Street Economic Development Corporation.

“Reducing mass incarceration and creating a path to stability and success for disadvantaged young people is the issue of our time,” said Dr. Rainey. “GOSO levels the playing field for young men who have been in the justice system, who are disproportionately young men of color. This is essential to uplifting individuals, families and communities, and making New York a fairer, more equitable city.”

Dr. Jocelynne Rainey



• Bridge Partners is a retained executive search firm with unique expertise in attracting and retaining senior, diverse executives and over 16 years of experience executing senior leadership searches both nationally and internationally.

• Our firm’s mission is to assist our clients in their efforts to attract the very best leadership team with the most diverse range of experiences and backgrounds, in order to innovate and reflect the customers, communities and constituents they serve.

• Our nonprofit and for-profit clients also include the National Alliance on Mental Illness, TIAACREF, Starbucks, YWCA, Upwardly Global, YMCA, The Denver Foundation, The Federal Reserve System, Freddie Mac, Estee Lauder and UMass Memorial Health Care. What they have in common is a desire to serve the needs of their constituents, create equitable communities and diversify their leadership teams.

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