Ashley Raineri is a local business owner who owns and manages multi-family properties in the Dutchtown neighborhood. She has been involved in the community for the past 10+ years, and is committed to its long-term success.
In 2010 after leaving to expand his understanding of urban decline, planning, poverty and public policy--a journey that included a three year stint in post-Katrina New Orleans and a term of service in the White House Office of Urban Affairs, Michael returned to St. Louis, a city he so adores, with a commitment to solutions. Upon return he took a role as a Neighborhood Stabilization Officer for the City of St. Louis and was assigned to the Penrose and O'Fallon neighborhoods. His main tasks involved overseeing efficient delivery of city services, tracking problem properties and assisting in community and neighborhood redevelopment efforts.
In 2013 Michael was asked serve in a position in the Office of the President of the Board of Aldermen, Lewis Reed. Here, as Legislative Director, he helped develop public policy through community engagement and launched special projects and initiatives on behalf of the President. Michael helped establish the social media platform NextDoor to help neighbors connect around hyper-local issues, wrote legislation that created an honorary Poet Laureate post, developed a “Spare Change” collection program to encourage donations of change at security check-points at Lambert Airport to support efforts to curb domestic violence, launched a crowd-funded gun buyback program known as “Gun by Gun,” developed a community tree planting initiative known as #Plant4PeaceSTL that provided free trees for neighborhood plantings to promote peace and worked alongside other elected officials on board bills aimed at improving quality of life among residents.
Michael grew up in a small town of 800 outside of Carbondale, Illinois and has one older sister who is a teacher, a mother who is a nurse and a stepfather who works in a tire manufacturing plant. He and his partner Matt live in the McKinley Heights Neighborhood with their Pitbull children Penny and Peso. In his spare time he plans community events, like the annual Tower Grove Pride, the Great Grilled Cheese Off, Rosé Day in the CWE and the St. Louis Square Off Pizza Festival. He and Matt also use time off to travel to urban areas around the US and abroad.