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Johnnie C. Chace Named Family Service of RI Philanthropy Director

Johnnie C. Chace, of Providence, has joined non-profit Family Service of Rhode Island as its Director of Philanthropy. She brings a depth of experience in fundraising and non-profit management. Her background includes: being a founding board member of RISE; serving for many years on the board of the Gordon School; and serving for a number of years on the boards of Trinity Rep, Save the Bay, the Downtown Parks Conservancy, the Southside Community Land Trust, the Wolf School, and the Marion Institute.

In the 1990s she co-chaired the capital campaign moving the Children’s Museum from Pawtucket into more spacious quarters in Providence’s Jewelry District; in the early 2000s she was part of a $25 million capital campaign for Crossroads; and in 2010 and 2012 she served as Save the Bay’s development committee chair.

“Johnnie Chace is well-known for her tireless and creative efforts in the non-profit world and beyond,” said Margaret Holland McDuff, Family Service of Rhode Island’s CEO. “She will be critical to our efforts to improve the overall health and well-being of the communities we serve through high impact partnerships and high quality innovative programs.”

“I am delighted to welcome Johnnie to our team,” said Stephen Hourahan, Family Service of Rhode Island’s Chief Advancement Officer. “Her connections to the giving community are strong, and will serve to raise the dollars to ensure the continuation and creation of innovative programs serving the neediest Rhode Islanders.”

Ms. Chace’s public appointments include the Providence Tourism Council from 2011 to 2013, and the Rhode Island State Council for the Arts from 1986 to 1988. She has also been active in political fundraising, including raising money for President Barack Obama.

She’s formerly a principal at real estate development company Cornish Associates, a recognized leader in the preservation of the downtown Providence Historic District, and shared a Grow Smart Rhode Island honor in 2012 for redevelopment efforts in downtown Providence

She has a bachelor of arts degree in Asian studies from Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, and is a candidate for a master’s degree in environmental policy from the New School, in New York, New York.

Family Service of RI is a statewide non-profit human service and educational organization. More information is available at
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