Raymond will right Frankfort’s wrongs
Josie Raymond wants her children to grow up in a community that recognizes that the better off our neighbors are, the better off we all are.
Raymond grew up in in a family that sometimes struggled in a district where she lives and now is running to represent.
Raymond is running for the state’s 31st House District which includes part of Jefferson County.
“For over a decade, I’ve been working with people trying to build better lives for themselves and their children, in nonprofits, small businesses, and schools,” Raymond said. “I’ve gotten good at putting Band-Aids on people’s problems, but have grown frustrated by the systemic causes.”
She’s coached hundreds of students from middle school to college and now at the University of Louisville, “I’m responsible for making sure thousands of students have the best shot at graduating. I hear stories every day of lives that turn on policy crafted in Frankfort.”
Just out of college, Raymond started writing about poverty and homelessness for Change.org and lifted up the voices of people in poverty by recruiting them to write about their experiences firsthand.
Seeking a deeper impact, she became a middle school reading and writing teacher with Teach For America, where she saw 16-year-olds use paragraphs for the first time before having their essays about becoming a father, being abused, and wanting a gun published on the front page of the Sunday newspaper.
Later, as a nonprofit manager, Raymond designed programs that pushed hundreds of students of color to record GPA and ACT growth before becoming the first in their families to go to college. Their children will be many times more likely to attend college as a result.
Her desire to help others extended into the business sector.
As a small business coach in Louisville, Raymond helped dozens of entrepreneurs, many of them women and immigrants, access the capital they needed to pursue their dreams.
Now, as a student success coordinator at the University of Louisville, Raymond helps our future leaders and future members of the workforce graduate from college; empowering them for a better future for their families and our state.
“I grew up here in District 31 in a family that sometimes struggled. Thankfully, there were resources to help me get a great education and build a strong family of my own,” Raymond said. “Now I’m raising my own kids here and I want them to grow up in a community that recognizes that the better off our neighbors are, the better off we all are.”
Outside of her work, Raymond commits time to efforts to improve outcomes for children.
She serves on the boards of Louisville Girls Leadership and Summerbridge Louisville and volunteers with Metro United Way’s Ready for K Alliance to increase kindergarten readiness rates.