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Ravi Gupta: “The Door is Always Open”

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Ravi Gupta: “The Door is Always Open”

Ravi Gupta held several positions during the first term of the Obama administration, including Special Assistant and Speechwriter to Susan Rice, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations.

After serving in the Obama Administration, Ravi wanted to take a break from partisan politics and do real work on the ground. He Founded RePublic Schools, a network of charter schools in the South that provide quality education to underserved communities.

Following the election of Donald Trump, Ravi decided he had to help fight Trumpism. He founded Arena, an organization dedicated to convening, training, and supporting the next generation of candidates and campaign staff. Arena has helped to elect over 75 candidates, and trained over 1500 staffers.

In 2019, Ravi Co-Founded Second Chance Studios, which teaches life, social, and professional skills to formerly incarcerated individuals. SCS provides courses in editing, social media, podcasting, and other topics in the media space.

Now, Ravi is the CEO of Lost Debate, a non-profit media company he founded in 2021. He hosts several podcasts, including Majority 54 which he co-hosts with Jason Kander.


You can find Ravi on Twitter at @RaviMGupta.

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