Michele Lederberg
Board Chair
Interim CEO, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Rhode Island

"I want Rhode Island to be a place where all of its residents have the opportunity to succeed with the right supports in place.  Only then will we be a thriving and healthy state that others want to emulate."

Roberta Butler (2)
Roberta Butler
Board Member
FM Global (Retired)

"As a native Rhode Islander, my wish is that all my fellow citizens have access to affordable housing, education and jobs without distinction for their race, gender, ethnic origins or other factors. United Way of Rhode Island will help us lead the way!"

Paola Fernandez
Paola Fernandez
Board Member
VP Community Development, Centreville Bank

"Because United Way is about community first, leveraging its resources and partners to do everything possible to advance justice and guide positive change."

Chris Sabitoni
Chris Sabitoni
Board Member
Laborers' International Union of North America

"The mission of this strategic plan aligns with everything that our Union stands for. As in our motto, Justice, Honor & Strength for all individuals."

Board of Directors

Alden Anderson, Jr.
Senior Vice President/Partner
CBRE/New England | Brokerage
Vice Chair, Board Governance, Ethics and Nominating Committee

Marcela Betancur
Executive Director
Latino Policy Institute

Brian Carroll
Senior Managing Counsel & Senior Vice President
Citizens Capital Markets

Barbara Chernow
Executive Vice President, Finance and Administration
Brown University

Jayne Donegan
Executive Counsel

Paola Fernandez
Community Development and Charitable Foundation Officer
Centreville Bank
Vice Chair, Community Investment Committee

James Galloway
Executive Vice President, EMEA/AP Operations and AFM
FM Global

Junior Jabbie
President & CEO
Banneker Supply Chain Solutions, Inc.

Dolph Johnson
Executive Vice President, Chief Global Human Resources Officer
Hasbro, Inc.

Wendy Kagan
Executive Vice President, Director of Employee and Community Engagement

Robert Kent
Senior Vice President and Team Leader, Commercial Banking
The Washington Trust Company

Michele Lederberg
Interim President and CEO
Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island
Board Chair

Terri Monjar
VP, Senior Relationship Manager, Global Commercial Banking
Bank of America Merrill Lynch

Dr. Barbara A. Mullen
Chief Equity and Diversity Officer
Providence Public Schools

Cortney Nicolato
President & CEO
United Way of Rhode Island

Gregg Perry
The Perry Group
Vice Chair, Resource Development and Engagement Committee

Joseph Pierik
Vice President, Retail Leasing & Acquisitions
Carpionato Group. LLC

Betsey A. Purinton, CFP®
Managing Partner & CIO
StrategicPoint Investment Advisors

Dr. R. Anthony Rolle
Dean, College of Education and Professional Studies
Professor, Education Finance and Economic Policy
University of Rhode Island

Christopher A. Sabitoni
International Representative
Laborers’ International Union of North America, New England Regional Office

Dr. Frank Sanchez
Rhode Island College

Terence Sobolewski
President, Rhode Island
National Grid

Lysa D. Teal

Community Advisory Board

Tomas Avila
Tomás Ávila Consulting
Milenio Latino Institute, Inc.

Denise Barge
Business Assistance Advisor
Commerce RI

Elizabeth Burke-Bryant
Executive Director
KidsCount RI

The Honorable Sandra Cano
Senate Committee on Education
Senate Committee on Finance

Claudia Cardozo
Community Development Manager
HarborOne Bank
InnateFive Strengths Coach

Michelle Carr
Deputy Director
Leadership Rhode Island

Elizabeth Catucci
President and CEO
Northern Rhode Island Chamber

Amanda Clarke
Director of Innovation and Planning
Rhode Island Community Food Bank

Erin Donovan-Boyle
Executive Director
Newport County Chamber of Commerce

Ashley Gingerella O’Shea
Director of Community Investments
Executive Office of Health and Human Services

Lisa Guillette
Executive Director
Foster Forward

Margaret A. Holland McDuff
Family Service of RI

Petra Jenkins
Account Manager
General Mills

MaryClaire Knight
Knight Consulting

Linda Lulli
Strategic HR Consultant and Leadership Coach (SHRM member)

Frances Mantak
Mothers Against Drunk Driving

Sabina Matos
Lieutenant Governor
State of Rhode Island

Ainsley Morisseau Cantoral
Strategic Initiatives Advisor
Providence Housing Authority

Laura Pedrick
Director of Development
Aquidneck Island Land Trust

Alexandra Pezzello, Esq.
Partridge Snow & Hahn LLP

Yahaira “Jay” Placencia
SVP, Private Client Advisor II
US Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management

Flora Prestipino
Community Volunteer

Lisa Ranglin
Founder and President
RI Black Business Association
VP, Regulatory Compliance Program Manager
Citizens Bank

Lucy Rose
Human Resources Business Partner, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Lead
Neighborhood Health Plan

Randall Rosenthal
Community Volunteer

Genevieve Schultz
Upper School Principal
Paul Cuffee Charter School

Nancy Serpa
Program Manager
Sensata Technologies

John Silvia, III
President, CHB
International Manufacturing Services

Donna Sowa Allard
VP, Certified Financial Planner
Sowa Financial Group

Susan Stenhouse
Community Volunteer

Edward Tavarez
VP/Team Manager, System Engineering
Bank of America

Rev. Chontell N. Washington
RI State Council of Churches

Kasim Yarn
RI Office of Veterans Affairs


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ARPA a payment on bills long overdue

The Providence Journal

"The American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) isn’t unexpected good fortune. It’s a past bill that’s overdue after decades of underfunding our communities," shares United Way of Rhode Island's president and CEO, Cortney Nicolato. "It’s also an opportunity to get things right and position our state to thrive for generations to come."


Members of Forbes Nonprofit Council offer advice on balancing accountability with empathy in the workplace.

Balancing Accountability & Empathy At Work

Forbes Nonprofit Council

"Striking a balance between accountability and empathy is crucial for creating a work environment where employees can thrive... Here, 13 members of Forbes Nonprofit Council, including United Way of Rhode Island's president and CEO, Cortney Nicolato, share their expert tips on maintaining accountability and empathy in the workplace."



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MolinaCares donates $105K to RI nonprofits

Providence Business News

"United Way of Rhode Island received $50,000 from the MolinaCares Accord for its Nonprofit Innovation Lab, designed to promote innovation within nonprofits to create programs focused on housing, health equity and solutions to racial disparity."



Women United Information Session

Join us noon-1 p.m. at our Women United Information Session. You'll learn ways to get involved as a leadership donor through United Way's Women United group. We will also discuss how this dynamic group of women raise funds each year towards childhood literacy.


United Way’s 95th Annual Celebration

Join United Way of Rhode Island on Tuesday, October 26 from 5:30 – 7 p.m. for our 95th Annual Celebration. Together, we're celebrating Rhode Island United and honoring our extraordinary community volunteers.


22nd Annual Lights On Afterschool

Join us for the Rhode Island Afterschool Network's 22nd annual Lights On Afterschool celebration. We'll showcase how afterschool programs are closing Rhode Island's achievement gap and explore ways to secure state funding for out-of-school time learning.