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


We Love Lucy's Hearth online fundraiser, Wednesday, August 19, 8 pm

FabNewport, Lucy’s Hearth receive grants

What's Up Newp

"United Way of Rhode Island… announced that it is putting $4.5 million in grants to work in the community to create transformational change in the Ocean State… On Aquidneck Island, FabNewport and Lucy's Hearth each received grants, which are part of United Way's commitment to invest $100 million over the next 5 years to build racial equity in Rhode Island."

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PBN announces 2021 Best Places to Work

Providence Business News

"Seventy-two honorees — including United Way of Rhode Island — have been named by Providence Business News for its 2021 Best Places to Work Awards program... The honorees will be recognized June 9 for their efforts in a virtual ceremony, where the company rankings in each category will be announced."

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United Way Hands

Who’s Hot and Who’s Not? – $4.5M in Grants


On Wednesday, April 28, United Way of Rhode Island announced $4.5M in grants to the community. "The funding… was awarded to 72 organizations in support of programs targeting the root causes of the racial inequities that have held back Rhode Island's Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities for generations."

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Learn with Leaders featuring Dr. Megan Ranney

Learn with Leaders featuring Dr. Megan Ranney

Join Young Leaders Circle at 6 p.m. for a Learn with Leaders virtual event with Dr. Megan Ranney. This Q&A session is an opportunity to have your COVID-19 questions answered by a Rhode Island public health expert.

Register here. 


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Community Learning Partners, featuring DownCity Design and FabNewport

Join Women United at noon for a Community Learning Partners event featuring guest speaker Adrienne Gagnon, co-founder and executive director of DownCity Design, and Steve Heath, co-founder and executive director of FabNewport. Each organization inspires youth to use the power of design to make a positive social impact in their communities.

Register here.

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The Night Is Young

You’re the one that I want, ooh, ooh, honey, to join the Young Leaders Circle from 7 –11 p.m. for a drive-in movie night. We'll be showing 50’s favorite "Grease" at Misquamicut Drive-In Theater. Tickets are $50 per car (two people) and $25 for each additional passenger. All funds raised will go towards providing scholarships for Rhode Island youth enrolled in summer learning programs.

Register here.

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Getting to a Livable Wage in RI

Join us at 2 p.m. for a community first conversation on the importance of increasing income for Rhode Island workers. This discussion will be hosted by United Way’s Kyle Bennett, director of policy and equity. You'll hear from leaders of Rhode Island's Labor, Housing, and Finance communities on how Rhode Islanders can continue to advocate for a livable wage for Rhode Islanders.