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Rayna Richardson

Rayna C. Richardson is the Owner of PinUp Preserves, a D.C.-based specialty preserves company founded in 2015. In the past 2 years, PinUp Preserves has grown to supply a number of local restaurants and other retailers. Rayna started her company after spending nearly two decades as a Freelancer in Technical Theater, with a focus on Costumes, Wigs, and Make-Up. She has achieved all of this despite living with invisible disability due to chronic neurological conditions. Rayna is challenging and changing the concept of what a disability-owned business looks like, as well as what those with disabilities are capable of achieving. She also works to raise awareness of invisible disabilities and the diversity within disability overall.

A native New Yorker, Rayna spent her entire High School career in physical rehabilitation relearning how to walk after an otherwise simple injury caused permanent nerve damage to her leg. She still graduated in the top 1% of her class with multiple college credits already earned. A lifelong advocate for herself and others, Rayna mentored Wounded Warriors for over six years, and also worked as a Program Manager overseeing scholarships and résumé development programs for Veterans. In her less-than-copious free time, Rayna is a passionate supporter of animal rescues, volunteering where she can. She is also a musician and songwriter, and loves to catch the occasional baseball game.