Rinku Sen

Placed Leader

Rinku Sen

Executive Director
Narrative Initiative

December 7, 2020

Koya partnered with Narrative Initiative to recruit an Executive Director to succeed its founding ED, Jee Kim. The Narrative Initiative is a project of the New Venture Fund that seeks to change and influence narratives surrounding issues of equity and social policy.

Our work resulted in the recruitment of Rinku Sen, a leader with deep experience in racial justice, feminist, and labor movements to advance the ambition of the Narrative Initiative.

Sen is formerly the Executive Director of Race Forward and was Publisher of their award-winning news site Colorlines. Under Sen’s leadership, Race Forward generated some of the most impactful racial justice successes of recent years, including Drop the I-Word, a campaign for media outlets to stop referring to immigrants as “illegal,” resulting in the Associated Press, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and many more outlets changing their practice. She was also the architect of the Shattered Families report, which identified the number of kids in foster care whose parents had been deported.

As a consultant, Sen has worked on narrative and political strategy with numerous organizations and foundations, including PolicyLink, the ACLU and the Nathan Cummings Foundation.

Sen is the author of two books, Stir it Up and The Accidental American which theorize a model of community organizing that integrates a political analysis of race, gender, class, sexual orientation, and other systems.

Sen serves on the Boards of the Women’s March, where she is Co-President, Ms. Foundation for Women, the Maven Media Network, and the Foundation for National Progress, publisher of Mother Jones magazine. In the past, Sen has served on the Boards of the Schott Foundation for Public Education, Working America Education Fund, Philanthropic Initiative for Racial Equity, and State Voices, among others.

Sen received her BA in Women’s Studies from Brown University. She earned her MS in Journalism from Columbia University.


Read the announcement: Rinku Sen named Executive Director of Narrative Initiative.