Renata received a B.A. from Spelman College and an M.S. in Social Change Leadership from the University of Pennsylvania’s School for Policy & Practice. She is a former Lipman Family Prize Fellow, an annual global prize at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business Wharton Leadership Program. Lipman Family Prize, which celebrates global leadership and innovation among organizations creating positive social impact. Renata’s thought leadership is evident in her authorship and co-authorship of over ten publications. Renata has testified before several U.S. Congressional Committees and has made many presentations, including at The Brookings Institution, the Federal Reserve, the National Urban League, and the White House Office for Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. Renata is a member of the Black Nonprofit Chief Executives of Philadelphia and serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Coalition of Culturally Competent Providers. She is also a former board member of Pathways to Housing PA.