RaeShanda ("Rae") Lias-Lockhart is a business owner, author, speaker, designer, and philanthropist who rose from the ashes of homelessness in 2012 to run a successful fashion house, All is Fair in Love and Fashion (AIF). AIF is an empowerment movement through fashion for women of all ages, colors, and sizes all across the globe and Rae uses fashion shows to regularly raise money for various non-profits throughout the Commonwealth. Most recently, Rae hosted a fashion show that raised money for USA Cares, a non-profit that provides support to post-9/11 veterans and their families.
Rae has also served her country in the U.S. Army and earned her B.A. in Public Administration from Kentucky State University. She is the founding chair of the nonprofit, The National Congress of Black Women Louisville chapter, which serves to uplift and empower women. Rae is also an anti bullying advocate, and her company yearly awards scholarships to teen mothers who attend the TAPP School in JCPS.
Rae has been recognized across the Commonwealth for her service and has been awarded the following:
Ms. Kentucky Plus America- 2013
Louisville Business 40 under 40- 2018
Business Journal Rising Star- 2018
Emerge Kentucky Alumni- 2018
Kentucky State University 40 under 40 Alumni- 2020
Bingham Fellow- 2020
Following her path of service, Rae became an alumna of the Emerge Kentucky program that trains democrat women to run for public office. Rae pledged then that she would run for Metro Council District 2, as getting local government to work for everyday people is one of her passions. As an advocate, Rae believes every family in District 2 deserves to have access to quality, family-friendly programs and events, an opportunity to own their home, and access to a variety of small businesses.
Rae will work to ensure small businesses feel welcome to invest in District 2, families will benefit from expansion of community involvement, and home ownership grows across the District. Rae is a fresh face for moving District 2 FORWARD.