Founder and Advisor

Founder and Chief Advisor Emeritus

The first foreign-born Managing Director, Chief Executive of the management consultancy firm McKinsey & Company from 1994 to 2003. Mr. Gupta obtained his bachelors degree from Indian Institute of Technology(ITT) and his MBA from Harvard business school. Rajat has served as a board member of several Fortune 500 corporations including Goldman Sachs, Procter & Gamble, and American Airlines, as well as an advisor to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis, and Malaria. Additionally, Mr. Gupta is the co-founder of the Indian School of Business, America India Foundation, New Silk Route, and Scandent Solutions.

Gupta has seen first hand the multitude of problems and impediments inmates face with community re-entry. Just like Jared Kushner, who was inspired to fight for the enactment of the First Step Act of 2018 after his father served time in federal prison, Gupta has similar inspiration to join Mr. Roy and other like-minded individuals to form Rise-N-Step based on his own personal experience.

As Co-Founder and Chief Advisor Emeritus, Gupta has unsurpassed experiences in the areas of philanthropy, corporate outreach, non-profit organizations and will leverage those experiences to assist the growth of Rise-N-Step both as an advocacy organization and as a criminal justice policy group with the long term national influences for many years to come. Mr. Gupta is married and resides in New York City.

Director of Philanthropy and Business Relations

Ms. Ballantyne brings an array of experience to Rise-N-Step. With a bachelor’s degree in nursing and graduate studies in Health Policy and Administration, Ms. Ballantyne has over three decades of healthcare and advocacy experience and is currently the COO of a large multistate specialty medical practice.

She spent a large portion of her career in the Biotech industry where among her many roles she was responsible for grant allocation for community organizations as well as healthcare outreach and program development for underserved populations including Federally Qualified Health Clinics and prisons. She has been a founder, board member and past president of several local and regional nonprofit organizations.

Renee’s interest in inmate advocacy grew from multiple sources. She has seen how incarceration affects even the strongest families. Most recently Renee’s passion for criminal justice reform advocacy was fueled as she witnessed the process firsthand. She quickly became a defacto advocate and mentor for family members and spouses of the justice involved.

Renee is a certified paralegal with experience at the state and federal level. She resides in Spokane, WA.


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