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Promotions enhance our capacity to grow
By Chris Barnett / February 26, 2018 /   Loading Disqus...

The Rhode Island Foundation announces five promotions that will enhance its capacity to work in partnership with donors and grantees to meet the needs of the people of Rhode Island. 

“This is in recognition of individual performance, scope of responsibility, growth and expansion of our business, and their standing internally and in the community. It sets the stage for the continued expansion and growth that will be necessary to meet community needs into the future,” said Neil D. Steinberg, the Foundation’s president and CEO.

Jessica David of Providence was promoted to executive vice president of strategy and community investments. David, who joined the Foundation in 2006, oversees strategy, evaluation and learning and grant programs. She earned a B.A. at The American University and an MBA at Bryant University. 

Jim Sanzi of Cumberland was promoted to senior vice president of development. Sanzi, who joined the Foundation in 2008, is responsible for designing and implementing a comprehensive fundraising program with overall responsibility for the management and leadership of all new business development, gift planning, professional advisor outreach and donor service and stewardship. He earned a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Trinity College and a J.D. from Boston College Law School.

Frank Cerilli of Cranston was promoted to vice president of human resources. Cerilli, who joined the Foundation in 2011, is responsible for human resources policies and compliance as well as payroll, compensation, benefits and staff development and training. He earned a B.A. in Psychology at the University of Rhode Island and an M.A. in counselor education at Rhode Island College.

Arianne Corrente of Lincoln has been appointed vice president of communications and marketing. Corrente, who joined the Foundation in 2016, is responsible for the Foundation’s strategic communications and marketing efforts. She earned a BA in political science at the University of Connecticut.

Jenny Pereira of South Kingstown has been appointed vice president of grant programs. Pereira, who joined the Foundation in 2008, is responsible for ensuring that all discretionary grantmaking expresses the Foundation’s larger strategy, ensures customer service and efficiency and maximizes the return on investment. She earned a B.A. in international relations and economics at American University and an M.A. in Marine Affairs at the University of Rhode Island.

Last year, the Foundation awarded $43 million in grants to nonprofit organizations and raised $38 million in new gifts from individual, organizational and corporate donors last year. At the end of 2017, total assets stood at more than $950 million.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island.  Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.

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