Mayor-elect Elorza Announces One Providence Steering Committee

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza today announced his One Providence Steering Committee – a diverse group of 29 community leaders who will lead the work of ten transition committees. The recommendations from the various committees will inform and help guide the policy agenda of the incoming Elorza administration.

“I’m grateful that such an esteemed group of people has volunteered to lead the work of our transition committees,” Mayor-elect Elorza said. “As respected leaders in their fields, this group is widely admired for their service to our community. Their expertise will help channel the tremendous energy and feedback from our One Providence Listening Forums into actionable steps for my administration.”

The Steering Committee will work closely with Elorza Transition Co-Chairs Lisa Ranglin, Victor Capellan, and Sally Lapides to facilitate the work of ten different transition committees (full list below). Under the leadership of the committee co-chairs, community members from across the City will integrate the feedback gathered during the Mayor-elect’s four One Providence listening forums and work together to guide the incoming administration’s priorities.

Participation on the Transition Committees is open to the public, and the Mayor-elect encourages all who are interested to get involved. To sign up for a committee and find information about the transition, interested parties can visit Mayor-elect Elorza’s transition website,

Economic Development:

·      Connie Pemmerl, financial services industry veteran with senior executive experience at CB Richard Ellis/New England, Fleet National Bank and Boston Financial

·      Bert Crenca, Artistic Director, AS220

·      Scott Duhamel, Business Representative of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades District Council 11; Secretary-Treasurer, Rhode Island Building and Construction Trades Council



·      Toby Shepherd, Education Grant Program Officer, The Rhode Island Foundation

·      Anna Cano Morales, Director of the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University; Chair of the Central Falls School District Board of Trustees

·      Carrie Feliz, former Director of Strategic Community Partnerships for the Providence Schools


Public Safety:

·      Ken Bell, cyber security engineer, the Raytheon Company; retired Rhode Island State Police

·      Chanda Womack, Co-Chair, Providence Youth Student Movement (PrYSM); Supervisor of High School Programs, College Crusades of Rhode Island

·      Pastor Antonio Aquino, Christian Community Church


Sports, Recreation, & Youth Programming:

·      Michelle Kwan, Two time Olympic figure skating medalist, President’s Council on Fitness, Sports, & Nutrition

·      Councilman Nick Narducci, City Council Ward 4 and long time youth sports coach

·      Adeola Oredola, former Executive Director, Youth In Action

·      Angel Subervi, Account Spet and community activist


Arts, Culture, & Cuisine:

·      Kaitlyn Roberts, owner, Easy Entertaining Inc.

·      Asher Schofield, owner, Frog and Toad

·      Sussy Santana, poet and performance artist


City Services:

·      Enrique Martinez, Senior Critic, Rhode Island School of Design; founder of design consultancy Muchieast

·      Garry Bliss, Director of Government and External Relations, The Providence Center

·      Carmen Diaz-Jusino, Program Director, Center for Women & Enterprise


Ethics, Transparency, & Open Government:

·      Phil West, retired Executive Director of Common Cause Rhode Island

·      Susann Mark, Providence attorney

·      Aida Crosson, Deputy Secretary of State


Housing & Neighborhood Development:

·      Sen. Juan Pichardo, State Senator District 2

·      Melissa Husband, Executive Director, Community Action Partnership of Providence



·      Julius Kolawole, President, African Alliance of Rhode Island

·      Nicole Pollock, Assistant to the Director for Policy & Program Development, Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management


Strategic Opportunities:

·      Barbara Fields, former HUD New England Regional Administrator

·      Ed Pacheco, Associate Vice President of Advancement and External Affairs, Rhode Island College

·      Ron Crosson, filmmaker, actor; former Director and President, Rhode Island Latino Film Festival

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