Media release

Foundation names Claudia Cornejo as strategic initiative officer for economic security

“Now is as critical a time as ever to focus on economic security. I’m ready to offer support to partners in the sector who are focused on effective workforce development, small business supports and growth, and high-opportunity clusters."

Claudia Cornejo has been appointed a strategic initiative officer at the Rhode Island Foundation, where she will be responsible for leading the Foundation’s activities and grantmaking for economic security.

“Claudia’s diverse background in small business development and planning and commitment to the Foundation’s mission make her a natural to lead our economic security strategic priority,” said Jenny Pereira, vice president of grant programs. “She understands the role of philanthropy in sparking community change and is committed to improving the economic security of all Rhode Islanders.”

Cornejo has been with the Foundation since 2015. Most recently, she had been supporting the Foundation's economic security strategic priority, including managing outreach projects and participating in developing business services programs.

She came to the Foundation from the Center for Women & Enterprise, where she was Program Manager/Business Support Specialist. Previous to joining the Center for Women & Enterprise, she was a Business Information Specialist in the Business Services division at the Office of Secretary of State.

“Now is as critical a time as ever to focus on economic security. I’m ready to offer support to partners in the sector who are focused on effective workforce development, small business supports and growth, and high-opportunity clusters,” said Cornejo.

The Pawtucket resident received a BS in Business Administration and an MBA from Salve Regina University. She was named Small Business Administration Minority Champion of the Year by the U.S. Small Business Administration's Rhode Island District office in 2012.

The Rhode Island Foundation is the largest and most comprehensive funder of nonprofit organizations in Rhode Island. Working with generous and visionary donors, the Foundation raised $47 million and awarded a record $56 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities in 2019. Through leadership, fundraising and grant-making activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.