Mayor Taveras Announces Staff Transitions


Mayor Taveras Announces Staff Transitions

Brian Hull Joins Taveras Administration as Director of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs; Sheila Dormody Named Acting Director of Policy; Toby Shepherd departs to lead education initiatives at The Rhode Island Foundation

– Mayor Angel Taveras today announced that Brian Hull has accepted a position in the Mayor's Office as the Director of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs. His first day at City Hall is April 28, 2014.

"I am excited and grateful to join the Taveras administration and work for the city in which I live and love," Hull said. "With my experience and background in economic development, social and urban policy, I look forward to hitting the ground running to continue the progress of Mayor Taveras' administration."

As Director of Municipal and Intergovernmental Affairs, Hull will coordinate government relations and legislative affairs in City Hall, serving as the Taveras administration's liaison to the City Council and assisting in the development of new initiatives as a member of Mayor Taveras' policy team.

Hull has worked since 2012 as the senior consultant for the Research and Advisory Practice at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a Boston-based nonprofit research and strategy firm focused on low-income urban economic development policy. In the position he has been the lead advisor to municipalities and county governments on trends impacting inner-city economies and businesses.

Hull was previously the state coordinator for the Rhode Island Progressive Democrats, working to support low-income individuals and families though community organizing, coalition building, policy development, advocacy, and electoral campaigns.  He is the former editor of the Rhode Island's Future blog, the state's largest progressive news blog.

He earned a master in public policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, focusing on urban economic and workforce development, social and urban policy, and state and local public finance. He has a bachelor's degree from Rhode Island College, where he graduated summa sum laude in 2008 with a 4.0 GPA and was awarded the Herbert R. Winter Award for Excellence in Political Science.

Mayor Taveras also announced that Sheila Dormody has been named Acting Director of Policy in the Mayor's Office. She will continue to serve as the city's Director of Sustainability. Dormody has directed the city's Office of Sustainability since the office was created in 2011, developing Providence's first sustainability action plan and leading efforts to implement citywide recycling and composting programs, turn vacant lots into urban farms and reduce municipal energy consumption. She previously worked as New England co-director of Clean Water Action and has been involved in political advocacy and grassroots organizing for the environmental community since 1989.

"I look forward to working closely with Brian and Sheila in their new roles as we continue our efforts to move Providence forward. Our city is fortunate to have such capable, talented and dedicated individuals who are committed to public service," Mayor Taveras said.

Toby Shepherd, who has served as Director of Policy in the Mayor's Office since 2012, is leaving city government to lead The Rhode Island Foundation's portfolio of education investments. Shepherd's last day at City Hall is May 2, 2014.

"I thank Toby for his tremendous service to the residents of Providence," Mayor Taveras said. "Toby has been instrumental to the development of the flagship policies of my administration – especially Providence Talks, an initiative that earned the grand prize in last year's Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge. I wish Toby the very best at The Rhode Island Foundation, where I know he will continue to make lasting contributions to education in our community and across Rhode Island."

"It has been an honor to have played a supporting role in Mayor Taveras' many accomplishments over the last two years and to work for such an extraordinary mayor," Shepherd said. "I thank Mayor Taveras for the opportunity to serve the residents of Providence and look forward to supporting him in his future endeavors."