Previous to her role as Founder and President of Thiele Strategies, Raina worked in President Obama's White House as Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, where she focused on tribal governments and advised on climate change, arctic, and energy issues. She was also a lead organizer of President Obama's trip to Alaska in the fall of 2015.
Previous to her role in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Raina served for nearly 5 years in the White House Office of Management and Budget, where she worked on a wide variety of issues, including tribal legislation, international affairs, and energy. She managed a multi-billion dollar federal portfolio and advised senior White House staff on how best to leverage and allocate resources.
Raina earned her Bachelors Degree in Political Science from Yale College and her Master in Public Policy degree from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.
Raina was born and raised in Alaska in the Mat-Su Valley, Kenai Peninsula, Bristol Bay, and Alexander Creek. She was brought up commercial, subsistence and sports fishing with her parents; subsistence hunting; and picking berries. She is Dena'ina Athabascan, Yup'ik, and German.
She currently resides between Washington, D.C. and Alaska. She serves on a number of boards and advisory groups, including: The Arctic Economic Council, the Verizon Consumer Advisory Board, and the Yale Native Alumni DC Chapter.