In his role as Executive Director of DPPC, Cliff leads a public-private partnership that ensures the exceptional management of Providence’s downtown public space. Mr. Wood is a former Providence City Council member where he served as Deputy Majority Leader and Chairman of the Committee on Public Education. A long standing leader in Providence’s efforts to reimagine its downtown district, Cliff has previously held positions at Cornish Associates, a New Urbanist development company formed to rebuild Providence’s urban core, and was the founding director of Providence's Department of Art, Culture and Tourism. Before moving to Providence in 1997, Cliff coordinated strategy for the US Climate Action Network to lobby for an effective international treaty on climate change. Cliff earned a Master of Arts from Clark University in environmental science and policy and a Bachelor of Arts from the State University of New York at Albany.
As Assistant Director, Nick assists in building upon the Foundation’s key projects, implementing the annual strategic plan, and managing the efforts of the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy. He is a lifelong Providence resident with a passion for downtown who brings a background in policy analysis, public finance, and nonprofit management. He has a Bachelor's Degree in politics and history from Brandeis University and has served on the boards of many local nonprofits, including as President of the Rhode Island Urban Debate League.
As Program Director for DPPC, Jennifer focuses on bringing high quality, accessible arts, cultural, educational, and recreational programming to public audiences, building partnerships, and fostering positive uses of community space. She manages programs including the Burnside Park Music Series and Beer Garden and facilitates public art and events. Ms. Smith’s eclectic career includes more than fifteen years’ experience planning, researching and evaluating education and public health programs with diverse audiences, with a special focus on community programs. She has been involved in efforts to revitalize Greater Kennedy Plaza and downtown Providence since 2010. Jennifer earned a Masters Degree in Education from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature and Women’s Studies from Clark University.