Meghan Hughes has been named to the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Foundation. As the state’s largest funder of nonprofit organizations, the Foundation awarded a record $45 million in grants to more than 1,600 nonprofits in 2016.
"Meghan is a remarkable addition to our board. The extraordinary experience she brings will enhance our work promoting leadership, philanthropy and transformation," said Marie Langlois, the Foundation's chairperson.
Hughes is president of the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI), the largest community college in New England. CCRI enrolls more than 15,000 students per year across four full-service campuses and is the alma mater to more than 66,000 graduates.
“I greatly admire the critical work of the Rhode Island Foundation and look forward to working with other Board members and the senior management team to further the Foundation’s mission to transform our state,” said Hughes.
Previously, Hughes was executive director of Year Up Providence, served on Year Up’s National Management Team and National Senior Leadership and National Investment committees and taught at Tufts University, where she received the school’s Excellence in Teaching Award. She graduated magna cum laude from Yale University and holds a Ph.D. from New York University.
Appointed to the Foundation’s Board by Gov. Gina Raimondo, the Providence resident is an Aspen Institute Fellow for Community College Excellence, completed the Harvard Business School’s “Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management” program and was a member of the Rhode Island School of Design’s Museum of Arts’ Board of Governors, where she chaired the Education Committee and was a member of the Executive Committee. Currently, she serves on the board of Year Up Providence.
The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. In 2016, the Foundation awarded a record $45 million in grants to organizations addressing the state's most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities. Through leadership, fundraising, and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.