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Board of Commissioners

RIHousing is governed by a seven-member Board of Commissioners. RIHousing’s Board provides overall policy direction in governing business activities, as well as providing oversight, strong fiscal management and setting long-term goals for meeting Rhode Island’s housing needs. The Board’s commitment of time and energy contributes to an improved quality of life for thousands of Rhode Islanders.

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Vice Chairman

James Thorsen

Director, Rhode Island Department of Administration (ex officio)

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James A. Diossa

General Treasurer, State of Rhode Island (ex officio)

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Elizabeth Dwyer

Interim Director of Business Regulation (ex officio)

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Appointment Pending

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Stephen McAllister

Vice President, Eastern Region US Chamber of Commerce

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Kevin Orth

Manager, Atlantic American Partners

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Maria Barry

Community Development Banking National Executive, Bank of America Merrill Lynch

RIHousing Leadership Team

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Executive Director

Carol Ventura

Carol Ventura was named Executive Director of RIHousing in September 2019. She has 30 years of experience in expanding access to housing, building livable communities and leading economic development efforts.

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Carol led the finance group to successfully initiate and complete more than $284M in multi and single-family bonding with social and sustainable designations for the agency and led the agency 5-year strategic plan process, resulting in the creation of innovative programs targeted at controlling costs, increasing production and access, and improving agency and program performance.

Carol is a part of the LISC LAC Board, Commissioner for the Housing Resources Commission (HRC) and she serves on the NCSHA Homeownership Task Force, as well as a Trustee on the Providence Foundation Board. Carol received a Master of Business Administration from Bryant University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Bryant College.

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Deputy Executive Director

James Comer

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Chief Operating Officer

Lisa Primiano

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Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer

Christine Hunsinger

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Chief Financial Officer

Kara Lachapelle

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General Counsel

Corinne Myers

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Director of Homeownership

Peter Pagonis

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Director of Real
Estate Development

Anne Berman

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Director of Leased Housing
& Rental Services

Michael DiChiaro

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Director of Gov. Relations & Policy

Amy Rainone

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Director of Information Technology

Carl “CJ” Rotella

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Director of Human Resources

Melanie Cluley

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Assistant Deputy Director
of Loan Servicing

Leslie McKnight

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As a leading employer in our state, RIHousing offers a highly competitive compensation and employee benefits package designed to support the health, wellness and financial security of our employees and their families.