A no non-sense problem solver, Rainesha (Rai) Williams-Fox serves as Program Manager of the Mobility Accelerator Innovation Network (MAIN) at TechTown Detroit. Formerly she served as the Coordinator of Student Life Wellness at Wayne State University and a Project Manager with Detroit Public Schools Community District, which included handling significant projects including Immunization compliance, Medical Orders, Vaccines for Children’s program, Contracted nurse budgeting and attendance, and application and/or management of 5 grants.
Williams-Fox’s drive to be a pillar within her community led her to assess student basic needs at Wayne State University. Supported by the McGregor Fund, her research identified a gap in programming around food insecurity. Williams-Fox facilitated cross-sector partnerships to create the W Food Pantry at the University.
Rai’s community service work has included Wedgewood Christian Services, U.S. Marshal Services, Kent County Detention Center, Boll YMCA, and GVSU Pals. She also founded and runs The Menstruation Bag Project, which serves schools in metro Detroit with menstruation bags and menstrual hygiene seminars to help ensure that no girl misses school because of her cycle.
Nearly a decade of mentorship and community programming experience has culminated in The RAI Experience, a mentorship program Williams-Fox created to help adolescent women in Detroit set healthy boundaries and develop confidence, and Without Permission, a self-discovery program that uses a workbook and live online sessions to encourage people to discover their true selves through reflection, healing, transitions, and success.
Williams-Fox grew up as one of 14 on Detroit’s east side and graduated from University Preparatory Academy. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice from Grand Valley State University and a M.A. in Public Administration from Wayne State University. She is excited to bring her analytical thinking, restorative practices, creative and innovative ideas to her new role. She lives in Detroit with her 2 kids, and enjoys trying new restaurants, spending time with her family, and traveling.