Raina Thiele 

Founder & CEO 

Raina served as Associate Director of Intergovernmental Affairs and Public Engagement in President Obama's White House 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. 

Raina served for nearly five 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 federal 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, Lake Iliamna and Alexander Creek.  She was brought up practicing the traditional subsistence food ways of her ancestors, the Dena'ina Athabascan and Yup'ik peoples.


She currently splits her time 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.

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Raina is also a frequent public speaker. Speaking requests can be sent to raina@thielestrategies.com.

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