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Leadership in Providence

Our executive director, staff, alumni, board members and partners are committed to building a stronger Providence by supporting and developing our AmeriCorps members as leaders in their schools and community.

Jennie Johnson

Executive Director

As Executive Director of City Year Providence since 2006, Jennie has expanded the site from 40 AmeriCorps members in 4 schools to 60 AmeriCorps members in 6 schools. As Executive Director, Jennie is responsible for raising and managing the sites budget and leads the strategy and execution of the organization’s Government and external relations, development and fundraising, communications, service and impact, recruitment, training, and evaluation components.

Jennie believes strongly in the power of human connections and deep-rooted relationships to advance progress and has cultivated and maintains strong relationships with the corporate community, community leaders and every level of Government, serving on several committees and task forces over the past 13 years. Jennie was recently appointed by Governor Gina Raimondo to serve as a Commissioner on the Rhode Island State Board of Elections.

Jennie was named a recipient of the 40 Under Forty award from the Providence Business News, the Women of Excellence award from the Women’s Center of RI, and was named one of GoLocalProv’s 12 people who made a difference in 2012. In 2015, City Year Providence was proud to be honored by the Providence Business News with a Business Excellence Award for Excellence at a Non-Profit.

Prior to joining City Year Providence, Jennie worked as a Community Director for the March of Dimes Rhode Island Chapter. Jennie became immersed in public service at an early age; her family was involved in local politics, and her grandfather, Walter Constantine, served on the city’s School Committee for 20 years. Jennie is a proud Community College of Rhode Island and Rhode Island College alumnus who in earned her bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Psychology. Jennie lives in Warwick with her husband Andy and sons Kevin and Camden.

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