Mayor-elect Elorza announces transition leadership

Mayor-elect Elorza Announces Transition Leadership

Providence, RI
– Mayor-elect Jorge Elorza today announced Lisa Ranglin, Victor Capellan and Sally Lapides as the co-chairs of his transition team. The Mayor-elect also announced that former campaign manager Marisa O'Gara will serve as his transition spokesperson.

In the coming days, the transition will also launch the website TransitionPVD.com. The website will serve as a place where Providence residents can get the latest news and information on things the transition team is working on. The website will also be regularly updated to provide information on the latest events and opportunities for residents to meet with Jorge during his “Listen During Transition” tour.   
 
“I'm grateful to have such respected community leaders co-chairing my transition,” Elorza said. “Lisa Ranglin, Victor Capellan, and Sally Lapides have long and diverse experience serving our community, and I look forward to working with them closely to ensure a smooth transition that includes the voices of residents from every community and constituency in Providence.”

As transition co-chairs, Ranglin, Capellan and Lapides will help organize a series of “Listen During Transition” forums. The forums will engage residents from every corner of Providence to identify challenges and opportunities that will help guide the administration's policy priorities. The co-chairs will also oversee several community-led advisory teams.
 
“Jorge's campaign had a tremendous amount of energy behind it, and I'm honored to help channel that energy into the Elorza administration,” said Victor Capellan. “I look forward to using my experience to work with the Mayor-elect to ensure all of our children have access to high-quality public education.”

Ranglin said, “Mayor-elect Elorza's commitment to equitable economic development is impressive, and I am excited to work with him to realize his vision for One Providence where we rise and succeed together.”
 
Lapides added, “Jorge Elorza emerged from last week's election with a bold and clear vision for moving Providence forward, and I look forward to assisting with a smooth transition that enables the new administration to immediately begin the work of growing our economy, fixing our schools, improving public safety, and delivering excellent city services.”

More on the co-chairs:
 
Lisa Ranglin is a Vice President at Bank of America. She is founder and President of the Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA), a non-profit organization headquartered in Providence dedicated to enhancing the growth and economic developmet of black and minority-owned businesses. She is a co-founder of the Rhode Island Chapter of Black-Data Processing Associates (BDPA), an organization committed to delivering excellence in Informational Technology to its members, strategic partners, and local communities. She was named one of Providence Monthly's “10 to Watch” in 2013, 2013 Community Person of the Year by RI Affirmative Action Professionals, named to Rhode Island Monthly's Most Powerful Women List, and awarded both the YWCA Woman of Achievement Award and the Rosa Parks Award from the NAACP Providence Branch. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Programming Technology and is a certified Project Management Professional, holding Six Sigma Green Belt Certification awarded by Bank of America.
 
Victor Capellan is currently an educational consultant for Mass Insight Education. A resident of the Southside of Providence for 32 years, he has been a leader in the education community, most recently having served as Superintendent of Transformation for Central Falls High School where he helped increase the graduation rate from 48% to 74%. In previous roles, Capellan worked for Fall River Public Schools in Massachusetts as Assistant Superintendent/Chief Academic Officer, and was a key player in the New York Department of Education first as Associate Director of the Office of New School, and then as Principal of EBC High School for Public Service in Brooklyn, New York. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, a Master's degree in Human Development and Family Studies, and a Master's degree in Education from the University of Rhode Island.
 
Sally Lapides is President and Chief Executive Officer of Residential Properties Ltd., Rhode Island's premier residential real-estate firm which she co-founded in 1981. Sally oversees operations that encompass five offices, a relocation division, a commercial real-estate division, over 175 agents, and a large support staff. A nationally recognized expert in the local market, Sally is frequently quoted as a real-estate specialist by leading news organizations such as The Providence Journal, Providence Business News, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, NBC 10 TV, WNRI TV, WNRI radio, and 920 AM where she hosts her weekly real-estate show, “Real-Estate Insight.” She has been recognized as a leading woman in business by Providence Business News and Rhode Island Monthly magazine.