Community Contributions


Ted Almon, President & CEO, The Claflin Company


here are countless thorny questions involved in any attempt to streamline a system of the scale and longevity of our healthcare system." View


Curt Columbus, Artistic Director, Trinity Repertory Company


t's no surprise to any Rhode Islander, indeed, to any American, that we've witnessed a profound shift in our local communities in the last several decades." View

Armeather Gibbs, Senior Community Development Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston; Director, Working Cities Challenge in Rhode Island


iverse communities across our state are part of the fabric that make Rhode Island a great place to live, work, and raise families." View

Ron St. Pierre, Host, NewsRadio 920 Morning Show


aving worked in talk radio for over 30 years, most here in Rhode Island, I’m afraid I’ve become more of a pessimist than an optimist regarding the future." View

Joe Garlick, Executive Director, NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley


80 years ago, an immigrant fleeing deportation created a unique, enduring, and inspirational blueprint for Rhode Island’s communities and neighborhoods." View

Francis Parra, Executive Artistic Director, ECAS Theater, Providence


oexiste mucho potencial dentro de nuestras fronteras que pasa desapercibido mientras seguimos buscando por fuera soluciones a nuestros desafíos económicos." View

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John Marion, Executive Director, Common Cause


efore we can solve the seemingly intractable problems of climate, education, or poverty, we need to fix our democracy." View

Taino J. Palermo, Program Director, Community Development, Roger Williams University | School of Continuing Studies


think it boils down to systems re-thinking. That sounds broad and lofty but there are very specific examples of how cities and states are innovatively approaching (and capitalizing on) the intersection of public systems and positively impacting whole demographic groups and communities." View

James M. Ludes, Ph.D., Vice President for Public Research and Initiatives;
Executive Director, Pell Center for International Relations and Public Policy, Salve Regina University


eadership today—and ever more so in the future—requires a commitment to service, a recognition that people depend on you for things big and small, and a willingness to see yourself in the lives of others..." View

C. Morgan Grefe, Ph.D., Executive Director, Rhode Island Historical Society


o me, what’s next might be realizing that some of the things we perceive as crises are actually symptoms, and that the true challenge in front of us is the identification of the real problems and the causes of those...Problem-solving skills must be next." View



Marta V. Martinez, Executive Director, Rhode Island Latino Arts;
founding member and current chair, Juanita Sánchez Community Fund


hat’s next for Rhode Island’s Latino stakeholders and mentors is to acknowledge and support our youth by taking on this task: Education. Leadership Training. Empowerment. A Growing Economy. A Bright Future." View


A. T. Wall, Director, RI Department of Corrections


n response to the theme Now What? that the Foundation has set for these posts, I would say...Improving access to health care, developing essential educational opportunities, and generating meaningful jobs for all Rhode Islanders all help create the pathway to a productive and law-abiding life." View

Tom Ahern and Simone Joyaux

Tom Ahern and Simone Joyaux, donors and community members


his is what’s next, we hope. As a small state, Rhode Island can be an incubator and test market for change. We imagine leadership from our state’s institutions, leaders who identify challenges and challenge the status quo. We expect a willingness to take risks and make change." View

Brigid Nee

Brigid Nee, Year Up Providence and INE Emerging Leader


hat comes next is a generation of children raised by educated and financially stable parents with the ability to provide them with a home that encourages learning and developing." View

David Dadekian

David Dadekian, Eat Drink RI and Rhode Island Innovation Fellow


ood is a health issue, an economy issue, a climate issue, a sustaining life issue and purely a pleasure. Rhode Island can be at the forefront of all these things and more. As I’ll continue to push, food will help RI grow." View

Joseph Nagle

Joe Nagle, CEO Delta Dental RI


eveloping that appetite for risk-taking — getting comfortable with the discomfort of walking the unknown path — may just be one of the most important traits any leader can have. We may not always know “what’s next,” but we can develop and nurture our ability to respond creatively." View

Ken Wagner, Ph.D., Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education


hat happens next in our schools will entail the integration of the academic skills and the so-called soft skills: social and emotional skills, creativity, questioning, analysis and synthesis, problem-solving, teamwork, persistence through frustration and difficulty entrepreneurial skills – the skills that will prepare students to succeed in the workforce, to be global citizens, and just to be good and honorable people." View

Scott Wolf, Executive Director, Grow Smart RI


hat I hope is next for Rhode Island is that we stop reflexively beating ourselves up, continue discovering our many assets, invest prudently in them, celebrate our growing diversity rather than panic about it, and generally begin a period of steady, sustainable and equitable economic growth." View

Joan Dwyer, Creator and Director of All That Matters


et’s lead the United States as the first of fifty to unite around raising the bar on our individual and collective vitality—today and for our future."  View

Alec Beckett, Creative Director, NAIL


hat’s next? We are next."  View

Governor Gina M. Raimondo


orking together is what is going to fuel Rhode Island’s comeback and we all have a role to play.  View

Joanna Detz, Executive Director / Co-Founder, EcoRI News


o, what's next for Rhode Island? Look down. You're standing on it. View

Xilian Sansoucy, Sophomore at Classical High School & Board Chair of Young Voices


e have come far, but we still have ways to go. We need the partnership of adults to make sure schools can have more student centered learning. Schools where learning is personalized to fit each student’s interest and learning styles. Rhode Island, together we can make education great!"  View

Dr. Pablo Rodriguez, CEO of Women’s Care, Chairman of Latino Public Radio and former Rhode Island Foundation Board Chair


he chain of success where immigrant children did better than their parents is broken, and for the first time in history, second generations may experience worst outcomes as a result. This is what might be next, but only if we allow it."  View


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