Mary-Pat Hector – RISE

Mary-Pat Hector, born in Atlanta, is a recent graduate of Spelman College. At age 21, she has been working to change the world for many years. At age 12, She grew a community service project into a non-profit: Youth in Action USA . By the age of 19, she became the youngest woman and person of color to run for public office in the state of Georgia, losing by only 22 votes.

Mary-Pat serves as the National Youth Director for the civil rights organization National Action Network, where she developed an initiative to end student hunger on college campuses. One of her proudest accomplishments is becoming a Fellow of Peace First. She was awarded the $50,000 fellowship for her national campaign to educate youth on non-violence and other issues. Hector speaks at high schools, colleges, conferences, women's events, and crisis shelters across the U.S, and serves as Youth Leader for Usher’s New Look Foundation.