Providence Mayor Elorza announces staff changes

Mayor Elorza Announces Nicole Pollock as Chief of Staff, Carolyn Arias as Director of Telecommunications, Matthew Shumate as Director of Advance 

PROVIDENCE, RI – Mayor Jorge Elorza Tuesday announced that Chief of Policy and Innovation Nicole Pollock will transition to serve as Chief of Staff as part of an ongoing restructuring of the Mayor’s executive staff.

“Nicole has proven that she is a dynamic, collaborative leader and an innovative force for progress in the city,” said Mayor Elorza. “I know that she will continue to move Providence forward in her new role.”

Pollock joined the administration in February 2015 as Chief Innovation Officer and has served as Chief of Policy and Innovation for the administration since this spring. She has led initiatives to improve and streamline city services, increase data transparency, and measure the effectiveness of the City's processes and programs.

“I love Providence and look forward to advancing the Mayor’s vision for strong, vibrant neighborhoods, and thriving communities throughout the city,” said Pollock. “ We have a strong team and am eager to build on our collective strengths to deliver on the progress and support that our residents deserve.”

Prior to her work with the city, Pollock oversaw policy and bond initiatives, communications, and program development for the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management. A graduate of Brown University, Pollock has remained active in the Providence community and currently serves on the Board of the West Broadway Neighborhood Association and the Providence Plan.

Current Chief of Staff Tony Simon will be leaving his position with the city in order to pursue a new career opportunity. Simon will remain to assist with the transition through the month of August.

“Tony Simon has played an integral role in helping build the strong foundation of work that we have accomplished. I am grateful for his service and wish him well as he begins the next chapter of his career,” said Mayor Elorza.

“It's been an honor to help Mayor Elorza build his administration. The mayor's energy and commitment to building strong and vibrant neighborhoods is contagious and I am thankful to him for the opportunity to serve with such a talented and dedicated team of individuals each day,” said Simon. “I am excited to build my new business and look forward to continuing to be an advocate for the city.”

Additionally, the Mayor announced that Carolyn Arias will serve as Director of Telecommunications; Matthew Shumate will serve as Director of Mayoral Advance; and Angel Subervi will serve as Senior Advisor for Neighborhood Projects.

(release from City of Providence)

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