LRI creates and supports a legacy of leaders.

Our Mission

To provide leaders and emerging leaders with knowledge and access to resources which will enable them to positively affect their communities.

Our Vision

Leadership Rhode Island creates and supports a legacy of leaders for the state.

Our Beliefs and Values

  • Recognizing leaders and investing in their personal and professional growth and connections with one another will result in individual, collective and statewide transformation.
  • It is vital to bring everyone to the table to collectively identify and solve challenges facing our state.
  • Experiencing transformative experiences in a cohort creates an environment for bridging across differences.
  • Large-scale change requires a broad network of individuals, with deep and personal connections based on trust and respect, who are able to have frank discussions.
  • With each class, long-term relationships are created which continuously generate new energy through contributions and exchange of ideas amongst the broader LRI network.
  • We believe in the power of shared best practices and shared learning to enable our state to go further, faster.
  • We are open to anyone seeking to move the needle of tough challenges within our state.
  • We value contributions over formal credentials.
  • We embrace diversity and divergence.

Our Impact

From "weaving back the civil fabric" of RI cities/towns to "outstanding leadership innovations" to moving the needle for statewide workplace engagement, Leadership Rhode Island's impact has been honored locally, regionally and nationally with five awards in the past five years from Common Cause RI, Association of Leadership Programs, GoLocal, and the Rhode Island Press Association.

"The most outstanding combination of networking and education available in the state today."

Michael Friendman (LRI '16), Vice President, Gerber Financial

"You'll never be the same after you've been through this experience."

Nondas Voll (LRI '85), Executive Director (retired), Fund for Community Progress

"I am amazed and impressed with the enormous positive impact LRI has had on our state."

Richard Staples (LRI '90), Retired, Fannie Mae

"I was able to step outside my day-to-day comfort zone, engaging in thoughtful, action-oriented interactions with a diverse cast of characters."

Dana Borrelli-Murray (LRI '12), Executive Director, Highlander Institute

"It's a life-changer. There are few places left where you can quite freely discuss your ideas with so many others."

Gary St. Peter (LRI '92), Principal (retired), SP&K

"Apply if you wish to expand your thinking, want to be a part of an extraordinary group having a positive impact on Rhode Island, and are looking for adventure."

Claudia Cardozo (LRI '11), Community Development Manager, Coastway Community Bank

"The intended consequence is very simple - sustainable relationships relationships are built that have a positive impact on our state."

Steven O'Donnell (LRI '04), CEO, YMCA of Greater Providence

"Participation in LRI was a gift that continues to pay dividends 25 years after graduation."

Martha Conn Hultzman (LRI '91), Director, Cintrin Cooperman

"There are precious few opportunities to spend time with a diverse group of people who care deeply about RI. "

Jeanne D'Agostino (LRI '02), Development Director, Highlander Charter School

"It was the most gratifying and 'out of the box' professional and personal 'Rhode Island-centric' development experience I have ever been a part of."

Captain Vincent McAteer (LRI '15), Office of Community Outreach, Cranston Police Department

"Seldom, if ever, will you be able to share ideas with such a diverse community of leaders, as you will in LRI."

Jane Fusco, (LRI '03), Marketing, University of Rhode Island

"It is a truly transformational experience."

Bill Allen (LRI '87), Adjunct Lecturer, Brown University

"It's incredibly informative, a truly unique experience. The people involved make this time so worth it."

Jennifer Luxmoore (LRI '10), Owner, Sin

"What you experience during your session day and the leaders you will interact with can not be replicated."

Ed D'Arezzo (LRI '08), Retired, Assistant Director of Health, RI Dept of Health

"LRI opened my eyes to the many facets of complex issues in our state, far beyond what reading papers and listening to news outlets did. "

Kelly Nevins (LRI '06), Executive Director, The Women's Fund

"LRI isn't going to tell you how to do it, but it will connect you with people who will help you achieve it, because they want it, too."

Jacob Brier (LRI '14), Co-Founder & Chairman, LIFEcycle Inc.

"One of the best things I've ever done!"

Ruth Clegg (LRI '98), Artist & Owner, Angell Fine Arts

History

Leadership Rhode Island has been a recognized leader among organizations of its type from the beginning in 1981. At that time, there were only a scattering of community leadership programs across the United States, while today there are hundreds. LRI has been an innovative pioneer, serving as a model and mentor for many of the groups that have followed.

Board of Governors

The Board of Governors serves as LRI’s primary governing body. Responsible for the current state of the organization as well as for its future, the LRI Board leads in the development and execution of effective strategies consistent with LRI’s mission and vision. It also provides financial management and directs all fundraising to ensure adequate resources for the organization. The Board also oversees and supports all LRI programs and services. Board members are widely respected Rhode Island leaders from a cross-section of community sectors, including business, finance, education, and community nonprofits.

Paul Oliveira

Chair,  LRI '07

Shareholder, Director of Tax Services, Kahn, Litwin, Renza & Co., Ltd

Ted Shallcross

Vice Chair,  LRI '11

Senior Vice President & General Manager, Amica Mutual Insurance Company

Steve Duvel

Treasurer,  LRI '12

Vice President, Rhode Island District Operations Manager, Gilbane Building Company

Nicole Benjamin

Secretary,  LRI '13

Shareholder, Adler Pollock & Sheehan P.C

Angela Ankoma

Member-At-Large,  LRI '14

Co-Director, Health Equity Institute, Rhode Island Department of Health

Angella Franklin

Member-At-Large,  LRI '13

Strategic Account Director, CVS Caremark

Pamela Alarie

Past Chair,  LRI '05

HR Vice President, The Beacon Mutual Insurance Company

Alec Beckett

Member,  LRI '11

Creative Director, NAIL Communications

Mitchell Edwards

Member,  LRI '11

Partner, Hinckley, Allen & Snyder LLP

Robert Ferreira

Member,  LRI '11

Assistant Vice President Alumni Relations, Providence College

Mario Hilario

Member,  LRI '05

Anchor/Reporter, NBC 10/WJAR-TV

Sulina Mohanty

Member,  CLRI '06

STEP Project Director, Boston Public Schools

Baldev Seekri

Member

Consultant and Author of “Organizational Turnarounds with a Human Touch”

Staff

Mike Ritz

Executive Director,  LRI '07

mritz@leadershipri.org

401 273 1574 x103

Contact Mike about governance, sponsorship, programs, and alumni relations.

Michelle DePlante

Deputy Director,  LRI '14

mdeplante@leadershipri.org

401.273.1574 x107

Contact Michelle about LRI's programs.

Jane E. Nugent, Ed.D.

Project Advisor,  LRI '95

jnugent@leadershipri.org

401.273.1574 x101

Contact Jane about the LRI Advisory Council.

Joanne Gallogly

Office Manager

jgallogly@leadershipri.org

401.273.1574 x100

Contact Joanne about LRI operations

Kevin Cooper

Strengths Expeditor

kcooper@leadershipri.org

401.273.1574 x111

Contact Kevin about LRI's "Make RI Stronger" Initiative

Matt Coupe

Alumni & Community Engagement Liaison,  CLRI '12

mcoupe@leadershipri.org

401.273.1574 x102

Contact Matt about LRI's alumni initiatives.

Kimberly Ramirez

Programs and Events Coordinator

kramirez@leadershipri.org

401.273.1574 x105

Contact Kim about LRI's programs and events.

Ray Nuñez

Program Coordinator,  CLRI '15

rnunez@leadershipri.org

401.273.1574

Contact Ray about College Leadership Rhode Island.

Alicia Monnes

Accountant

amonnes@leadershipri.org

401.273.1574 x101

Contact Alicia about all matters of finance, including accounts payable and receivable.

Partners and Sponsors

Many of LRI's major funders and supporters begin as employer sponsors. These are organizations who give their employees the time off, and usually the funding, to participate in the LRI Core Program. Over 500 organizations in Rhode Island have been employer sponsors, and the benefits of the employee's interaction in the community and newfound perspective are incalculable. The program develops the organizational, leadership and problem-solving skills of its participants. In addition, it offers new insights into the community, helping participants identify where strategic alliances might be forged, and providing a unique perspective on the behind-the-scenes workings of our state.

Opportunities and Jobs

LRI believes in leveraging each person’s strengths as we continue our mission of providing leaders and emerging leaders with knowledge and access to resources while enabling them to positively affect their communities. The staff is passionate about Rhode Island and dedicated to nurturing relationships with more than 2,000 alumni.

The ideal staff member is willing to invest energy into a fast-paced, performance-driven environment. If you’re ambitious about goals, but like to have fun collaborating as a team to reach them, you’ll be in good company. It’s not rare for us to spend a few late nights at the office working on programs or brainstorming ideas, but you’ll also find us kicking back at monthly social hours getting to know our neighbors around the state.