Meet our Board

We are grateful to have a Board of Directors that is passionate and dedicated to improving the economic well-being of Rhode Island and its residents.

EPI board members at the Institute's 2019 board retreat.

Jill Beckwith
Director of Grants, Martin Richard Institute for Social Justice, Bridgewater State University

Lisa Roth Blackman
Chief Philanthropy Officer, RI Community Food Bank

Julie DiBari
CEO, The Capacity Group

Paola Fernandez
VP, Community Development Officer, Centreville Bank

Robert Ferreira
Principal, Duxford Capital Advisors, LLC

Joseph Grady
Senior Fellow, Pell Center at Salve Regina University and co-founder Topos Partnership

Eric Hirsch
Professor of Sociology, Providence College

Tricia Leddy
Senior Fellow for State Programs, Center for Health Strategies

Jeff Levy
Partner, Levy & Blackman LLP

Carolyn Mark (Chair)
Chair, East Greenwich School Committee

Hugh Minor (Secretary)
Communications Director, RI Community Food Bank

Quadry Olalekan
Lead Business Analyst, Unicom Engineering

Jessica Holden Sherwood (Vice Chair)
Professor of Sociology, Johnson and Wales University

Sue Pearlmutter (Treasurer)
Dean, Rhode Island College School of Social Work

Rich Streitfeld
Accountant, Aaronson, Lavoie, Streitfeld, Diaz

Matthew Shumate
Mayoral Advance and Community Relations, City of Providence

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