Emerging Leaders

2018 Nonprofit Emerging Leaders Program

Now in its eighth year of providing leadership development programming, the 2018 Nonprofit Emerging Leaders program welcomed 14 individuals, each representing a different Rhode Island nonprofit organization. Their current nonprofit work experience falls within areas including education, youth development, homelessness, child welfare, workforce development, and the arts.

The program provides unique learning opportunities for promising individuals with less than 10 years of experience in the nonprofit sector. Participants were selected after completing a competitive application and interview process.  

Participants in the Emerging Leaders program are paired with experienced mentors for 10 months of self-directed learning, through which they create their own customized professional development plans. They also have access to optional technical training provided through the Foundation, as well as a support network through monthly peer-led discussions.

2018 Emerging Leaders and their mentors

  • Erika Davis, Old Slater Mill Association (Mentor: Toby Ayers, RI for Community & Justice)
  • Margo Karoff-Hunger, The Steel Yard (Mentor: Vanessa Volz, Sojourner House)
  • Jamie Leiva, Waterfire (Mentor: Damian Ewens, Opportunity@Work, Inc.)
  • Marcia Marino, Crossroads Rhode Island (Mentor: David Caprio, Children's Friend)
  • Jessica Null, TIMES2 Institute (Mentor: Erin Gilliat, East Providence Boys & Girls Club)
  • Flannery Patton, Alliance of Artists Communities (Mentor: Caroline Payson, Providence Children's Museum)
  • Beatrice Pulliam, Providence Public Library (Mentor: Deb Perry, YWCA Rhode Island)
  • Meg Rego, NeighborWorks Blackstone River Valley (Mentor: Rachel Flum, Economic Progress Institute)
  • Alicia Ridge, Year Up (Mentor: Jo-Ann Schofield, Mentor RI)
  • Jamie Silva, WARM Center (Mentor: Michael Lichtenstein, Wood River Health Services)
  • Becky Silvia, Child & Family (Mentor: Darlene Allen, Adoption RI)
  • Caroline Stevens, AIA Rhode Island (Mentor: Hillary Salmons, Providence After School Alliance)
  • Shawnee Taveras-Lopez, Skills for Rhode Island's Future (Mentor: Sarah Dinklage, RI Student Assistance Services)
  • Thea Upham, Farm Fresh Rhode Island (Mentor: Jennie Johnson, City Year)


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Providence, RI 02903


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