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 oversees the organization’s Government and external relations, development and fundraising, communications, service and impact, recruitment, training, and evaluation components.
Jennie has cultivated and maintains a strong relationship with the corporate community, the Providence Public School District and every level of Government, serving on several committees and task forces over the past 11 years, including the Providence Children and Youth Cabinet, US Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s middle school task force, and, most recently, chairing the Mayor’s Summer Learning Task Force.
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, has participated in The American Express Non-Profit Leadership Academy 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. Born and raised in Warwick, 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 Warwick School Committee for 20 years. Jennie is proud Rhode Island College alum who in 2000 earned her Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and Psychology.
Christina Cotto, Chief of Staff and City Year alumna (’00 and ’01)
Christina oversees AmeriCorps compliance and the corps member experience. She held positions in the Recruitment Department and Program Department before being promoted to Program Director in 2005. With her transition to chief of staff in the summer of 2016, she is also taking lead in staff development and working closely with Jennie to ensure our site is on track to meeting its highest priority goals.
Theresa Dougherty, Development Director and City Year alumna ('04 & '05)
Theresa has been on staff with City Year since 2006. Through the years she had held various positions in the Development Department, primarily focused on grant management, corporate partnerships, donor stewardship, and financial planning and analysis. She holds a BA in mathematics and linguistics from The College of William and Mary.
Alex Molina, Managing Director of Impact
Alex brings over fifteen years of experience working in the non-profit and government sectors, with a record of improving organizational performance and streamlining operations. His previous roles include serving as the Assistant Chief of Planning for the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF). Under this role, Alex led the creation of a new division within the department to provide ongoing supports and services to foster families across the state of Rhode Island. Formally, Alex served as the Deputy Director of the Providence After School Alliance (PASA.) During his time at PASA, Alex oversaw the growth and implementation of the organization’s three main strategies. Under his leadership, PASA transformed from a simple start-up to a nationally recognized organization. Alex firmly believes that a quality education and caring adults are important supports to ensuring a young person’s success, particularly for those who come from underserved communities. He is honored to serve with City Year Providence to prioritize these goals for children and youth in Providence. A native of Mamaroneck, New York, Alex earned a BA in Sociology from Oswego State University and an MPA from the University of Rhode Island. In his free time, Alex loves spending time with his wife, Caitlin and their two amazing kids, Milo and Ela. Alex supports many local and national organizations, including Paul Cuffee Charter School, Youth in Action, Nowell Academy School, Phi Iota Alpha Latino Fraternity Inc., and Chiefs for Change.
Edwine "Drine" Paul, Impact Director
Drine is a City Year AmeriCorps alumnus from the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 corps. As a corps member, Drine served in both Math and Literacy classrooms at Roger Williams Middle School in Providence, RI. During her last year as a Corps member, she served as a Team Leader at the same school, providing additional support to the corps members as tutors and mentors to the students they served. She joined our staff as an Impact Manager directly after her service years starting our newest partnership at Central High School. Drine earned her BA in English from the University of Connecticut. She is very passionate about Youth Development, Education and Social Justice and is looking forward to a possible career in Education as a teacher. In her free time, she enjoys reading, music and attending Education conferences whenever she can.