Razia's Ray of Hope



Monica Hinojos-Capes, Executive Director

Monica Hinojos-Capes is a West Texas raised, New England transplant who over the years has shaped a career as a purpose-driven leader energized by the call to do good. She is a well-regarded collaborator, partner, problem solver, and tenacious ally who brings an entrepreneurial and inclusive approach for leading initiatives and curating networks to create impact. 
Monica has ably guided organizations to new heights and led projects in women empowering initiatives, peace making, civic engagement, social justice, and creative strategy. Her career highlights include helping to launch Amplify Latinx, a leader in advancing a new generation of civically and empowered Latinx leaders; producing a music album, documentary short, and arts & music festival; and co-leading a multi-faceted weekend symposium for the Madeleine Korbel Albright Institute for Global Affairs, which included the global leaders Secretary Madeleine Albright, Madame Christine Lagarde, Sri Mulyani Indrawati, and Sir Mark Malloch Brown. 
For 10 years, Monica served on the board of One Common Unity in Washington, DC, an organization that breaks cycles of violence and builds compassionate, healthy communities through the transformative power of music, arts, and peace education. As a member of the OCU Executive Committee, she shaped strategic decisions to transform the organization from near closure to over $1M in revenue. She received a Next Generation Leader Fellowship from the Center for Whole Communities in Vermont, an Environmental Cultural Heritage Fellowship from the QLF/Atlantic Center for the Environment visiting UNESCO sites in the Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia, and Hungary, and an Explorer Volunteer Excellence Recognition Award from Bpeace for co-leading a research effort to launch entrepreneurial programs for women in El Salvador. Monica earned an MBA from Simmons College School of Management and a bachelor of journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. She lives in Groton, Massachusetts with her husband Ray and is a Buti Yoga certified instructor.


Kate Harrigan, Sponsorship Manager

Kate Harrigan has a BA in political science from Haverford College and a master’s degree in education from Harvard University’s School of Education. Prior to joining Razia’s Ray of Hope in the fall of 2017, Kate was a high school and middle school history teacher in Wellesley, MA. She taught about women’s rights, civil rights, and human rights — and her curricula included Razia Jan after selection as a 2012 CNN Hero — which highlights the significance of Kate's choice to work with the sponsorship program at Razia’s Ray of Hope; to be an upstander in a critical time of need. Kate is excited and grateful for the privilege of helping to support the mission of Razia’s Ray of Hope. She lives in Sharon, Massachusetts, with her husband and two children.



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Kathy Bittrich, Financial Manager

Kathy began with Razia's Ray of Hope in 2009 as a volunteer accountant, assisting the foundation in getting off the ground, and has continued with the organization through its many years of success. She previously worked with Coopers & Lybrand as a CPA and then joined Wang Laboratories and Sylvania Lighting where she began to complement her accounting skills with financial analysis and operations support. After a hiatus to start her family of three children and two dogs, Kathy rejoined the workforce seven years ago and now specializes in serving nonprofit clients with accounting services and the business management skills required for smooth operations. She also works with Brennan & Fournier serving nonprofit and private foundation clients.  


Miranda Hersey, Communications Manager

Miranda is a writer, editor, and communications consultant with 20 years of experience collaborating with nonprofits and small businesses under the umbrella of Pen & Press. She is also a certified coach and the author of three illustrated life-design journals published by Castle Point Books/St. Martin's Press: Life By Design, The Power of Quiet, and Press Pause.



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