Director of Center Operations
Ranae is responsible for all Center administrative functions, including operations, events, marketing, finance, grant oversight, sales support, and purchasing. She handles the development and management of Purdue MEP's partnerships, as well as outreach efforts to engage and educate organizations throughout the state. She holds responsibility for overseeing the Center's workforce development initiatives. Ranae also handles legislative relations for Purdue MEP.
Ranae has over 20 years of experience in the areas of marketing and business development, previously serving as a Business Development Director for a large regional law firm. In that role, she was responsible for directing and executing marketing activities to connect the firm to businesses in Indiana and the surrounding region. Prior to the law firm, Ranae gained traditional marketing experience at a full-service marketing agency focused on promotion, lead development, branding and communications for small to medium-sized manufacturers.
Ranae is a graduate of Purdue University, earning a Bachelor of Science degree with distinction in Management in 2001. She has completed the NIST MEP Emerging Leaders program, as well as Leadership Indianapolis' Opportunity Indianapolis.
In a civic capacity, she serves as a board member for the following organizations:
- Indiana Small Business Development Corporation
- Foundation for Manufacturing Excellence
- Children’s Cardiomyopathy Foundation
- Indy Premier Soccer Club
Skills & Expertise:
- Board Development
- Business Development
- Business Planning
- Competitive Intelligence
- Market Research
- Marketing Strategy
- Partnership Management
- Program Advocacy
- Public Relations
- Social Media