Providence celebrates Mayoral Fellows program

Motivated Mayoral Fellows Spend Summer Serving City of Providence

PROVIDENCE, RI – Seven current college students or recent college graduates worked this summer as the Elorza administration’s first cohort of Mayoral Fellows. 

"The Mayoral Fellowship Program is a great opportunity for students and recent graduates to enhance their interest in public service, and gain valuable hands-on experience," said Mayor Elorza. "I thank each fellow for their dedicated and innovative work this summer, and wish them luck and success with their future careers."

The Fellows completed high-impact projects under the direct supervision of Department Directors and top-level officials to improve the quality of life in Rhode Island's capital city.  Additionally, through the weekly 'Lunch and Learn' series, Fellows were given the opportunity to hear directly from members of the Mayor's Senior Staff about what it's like to work in Providence municipal government.

The Mayoral Fellowship Program is funded by a generous donation from Cox Communications.

2015 Providence Mayoral Fellows:

Oluwadamiloa “Dami” Animashaun worked in the Law Department, and focused on Housing Prosecution in the division of Inspection and Standards. Dami gained valuable insight and practical Law experience while supporting the Department in their efforts to reduce vacant and abandoned properties. From Providence, Dami is studies political science and Africana Studies at the University of Rhode Island.

Michaela Bolotin spent the summer with the Department of Art, Culture + Tourism, working on a multitude of projects under Deputy Director Stephanie Fortunato. Michaela helped stage the Providence International Arts Festival, researched and composed Public Art policies, and expanded the Department’s storytelling capacities while staffing their ongoing initiatives. Michaela is a rising senior at Providence College with a focus on Global Studies and Studio Art. 

Chantel Brown is an IProv fellow working in the Healthy Communities office with Director, Peter Asen, through to the fall. Chantel assists with community outreach and online communication, providing on-site staff support for the current Summer Meals initiative and upcoming fall programming. Chantel studies Biology at Brown University and is slated to graduate in 2017. 

Dan Cabral improved the efficiency and resources of the Board of Canvassers through scripts, advertisements, and intern protocols, and was largely involved in the Mayor’s Millennial Task Force Initiative. He worked in the Mayor’s Executive Office under the supervision of Deputy Chief of Staff, Theresa Agonia. From Woonsocket, Dan is a rising senior at Roger Williams University studying political science and economics. 

Joanna Davin has been working closely with Deputy Chief of Staff Marisa O’Gara to update and streamline many processes in City Hall. Her projects included composing reports for Providence Talks and transition committees, updating the Mayoral Fellow online portal, and the implementation of customer service improvements via the help desk and phone scripts. Joanna is a rising senior at George Washington University from Charlestown.  

Courtney Miller supported the launch of SustainPVD under the Director of Sustainability, Leah Bamberger. Working on the composition of the initiative’s newsletter, social media, and website, Courtney also provided site support RI Resource Recovery Corporation, Southside Community Land Trust, and Providence College Environmental Health and Safety Tour. She was the main researcher for the Providence Sustainability Roundtable. Courtney is a rising Senior at Providence College double majoring in Global Studies and Spanish. 

Brittany Pailthorpe was a member of the Mayor’s Communications and Media Relations team and spent the summer completing a multi-medium feature-driven project that highlighted the remarkable and significant work of Providence employees. She also wrote talking points, did research and analyses, and created a communications database. Brittany is a recent graduate of the Communication Studies MA program at The University of North Carolina at Charlotte. 

(release from City of Providence)