Media release

Carmen Díaz-Jusino named Strategic Initiative Officer for Economic Security

Carmen Díaz-Jusino has been appointed a Strategic Initiative Officer at the Rhode Island Foundation, where she will be responsible for leading the Foundation’s activities and grant-making for economic security.

“Carmen’s diverse experience in small business development and job training make her a natural to lead our economic security strategic priority,” said Jenny Pereira, vice president of grants and community investments. “She understands the role of philanthropy in sparking community change and is committed to improving the economic security of all Rhode Islanders.”

Díaz-Jusino came to the Foundation from Bank Newport, where she served as Vice President of Programs and Community Development. Previous to that, she served as Vice President of Programs and Community Development at the Center for Women & Enterprise and was a Bilingual Business and Employment Specialist with Goodwill Industries of Rhode Island.

The Providence resident received her undergraduate degree from the Universidad del Caribe, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, and received an M.S. in Organizational Management and Leadership from Springfield College.

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 $75 million and awarded $84 million in grants to organizations addressing the state’s most pressing issues and needs of diverse communities last year. Through leadership, fundraising and grantmaking activities, often in partnership with individuals and organizations, the Foundation is helping Rhode Island reach its true potential.