Member Profile: Rafael Baptista

Posted on July 27, 2020

Rafael Baptista

Rafael Baptista

Senior Manager for Community Economic Development for the City of Raleigh

If you had to live in a different city, what city would you choose?

Portland, OR

Storytelling or innovation? Which is the most overused word in local government?


What year would the most important in your life? Why?

2015 because that was the year that I got married.

(Complete this sentence) The one thing that I think is missing from local government is….

a willingness to task risks and be creative.

What’s your “public meeting pump-up song,” the song that gets you fired up before a big meeting?

“I Gotta Feeling” by the Black Eyed Peas

What fictional character would you most like to have a beer or coffee with? Why?

President Santos from the West Wing to learn how his term actually went
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