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New Leaders Council

NLC-RI September Newsletter

We hope that you had a great summer! The New Leaders Council Rhode Island Board been hard at work and we have so much to share with you!

Board Member Spotlight

.jpg.jpg Dr. Taino J. Palermo has worked as an education and nonprofit leader for over a decade focusing on community and economic development, urban education and neighborhood revitalization. He founded the Breath of Fresh Air (BoFA) Gallery for Syracuse teenage artists and co-founded the Latino Professional Network of Syracuse, a network of over 2,000 Latino professionals in Upstate New York which has since evolved into the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance (UMEA), Upstate NY’s first minority chamber of commerce.

Dr. Palermo has a history, personally and professionally, of advocating for underrepresented communities and urban youth. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership and was the 2013 recipient of the New York State 40 Under 40 Rising Latino Stars award as well as the 2014 recipient of the National Action Network’s Bea Gonzalez Award for his leadership and advocacy on behalf of the Latino communities in Syracuse, NY.

Dr. Palermo is currently the Program Director for the Community Development and Healthy Communities degree programs in the School of Continuing Studies at Roger Williams University in Providence, Rhode Island. He also an appointed member of the Governor’s Overdose Task Force and the co-chair of the Commission for Health Advocacy and Equity in Rhode Island.


Survey Results

In July 2016, we sent our first annual Alumni survey​​ to all 87 of our Alumni and heard back from 62% of them. Throughout the institute, the board works to encourage and promote leadership skills, networking, and civic engagement. But most of all, the hope is that our alumni will leave the program and continue to invest in Rhode Island. We are happy to say that 91% of the alumni that responded are still here in Rhode Island working in fields like advocacy, government, and policy. Click here to see more of the results! 


Upcoming Events


Join us for recruitment and networking on Thursday, September 29 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Ciro's Tavern (42 Cherry St, Woonsocket, RI 02895-3011, United States). RSVP on Facebook or on our website! 


Don't forget! Applications to become a 2017 Fellow are due on November 14! Nominate someone today or visit our website for more information.


Support Rhode Island New Leaders Council and donate today!


Thank you for your continued support and we hope to see you next Thursday!

The Team

Atlanta - Augusta - Austin - Boston - Broward - Capital District NY - Chicago - Cincinnati - Cleveland - Connecticut - Dallas - Denver - Des Moines
Detroit - Houston - Kentucky - Los Angeles - Louisiana - Madison - Maine - Maryland - Miami - Montana - Nashville - New Hampshre - New Jersey - New York City
North Carolina - Oakland - Omaha - Orlando - Palm Beach - Philadelphia - Pittsburgh - Rhode Island - Sacramento - San Antonio - San Francisco - Silicon Valley