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Rhys Powell

Rhys Powell is the Founder and CEO of Red Rabbit, the country’s premier Black-owned K-12 school food management company. As an entrepreneur and social justice advocate, Rhys is committed to uplifting communities of color by serving delicious, thoughtful, familiar food to kids in urban schools throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
Recognized on Crain’s 40 Under 40 List, and named one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by the Builders and Innovators Summit, Rhys is frequently asked to speak or comment on the social justice movement happening in the country today. The New York Times, Black Enterprise Magazine, and Crain’s New York Business have all asked for his expert insight on the state of school food and the entrepreneurial drive behind Red Rabbit. Rhys has spoken in front of many groups such as the B-Corp Summit, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Summit, Aspen Leaders Business Action Forum, Columbia University, and Harvard University.
Under Rhys' leadership, Red Rabbit has developed a scalable for-profit model that addresses both childhood nutrition and inequity in urban schools. Rhys has raised multiple investment rounds led by impact investors Kapor Capital and Serious Change LP and has built a diverse leadership team with 75% women executives and a Board that is 65% POC. Red Rabbit became an early B-Corp and maintains memberships in the Social Venture Network and the School Nutrition Association.

Prior to launching Red Rabbit, Rhys was an equity trader at Carlin Financial Group (acquired by Royal Bank of Canada). He is a graduate of MIT, with a B.S. in Computer Science and Engineering.
Rhys is proud to be a part of the grand tradition of Black Americans who have pledged their lives and careers to help America form itself into a better, more just society. He is a Bahamian American and lives in Harlem with his wife and two children who both attend MCS.

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