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.
DIGITAL MARKETING SPECIALIST
As Digital Marketing Specialist, Kristin Crane is responsible for communications and marketing for the DPPC, as well as being the voice of our social media accounts. Kristin has been a part of the downtown community since 2009, working with businesses such as Craftland and Cornish Associates, and has enjoyed watching Downtown Providence become more and more vibrant. She enjoys sharing her enthusiasm for downtown Providence with visitors and residents alike. She has a Bachelor’s Degree from Philadelphia University.
Having grown up in the Providence area, Kat is invested in the Providence community and passionate about creating and maintaining safe, green spaces downtown. As our Project Coordinator, Kat researches and coordinates different projects and programs for the DPPC. She is dedicated to preserving, sharing, and integrating the history of our beautiful city into the work we do in Greater Kennedy Plaza. Kat is a graduate of the Providence Country Day School and comes to us with a Bachelors of Arts from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
As a Program Coordinator for the DPPC, Jessica is involved in planning and implementing new and existing programs and events, and building relationships with partners and other organizations. She is passionate about maintaining green space in urban centers, and loves working to activate Burnside Park in a way that benefits and welcomes the entire Downtown Providence community. Jessica has a Bachelor’s Degree in Environmental Studies from Northeastern University, as well as Certification in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design.
As a Program Coordinator for the DPPC, Leah Paladino keeps the visitors of Burnside Park entertained and engaged. She provides onsite management and facilitation during the variety of programs offered, including Play in the Park, Noon Tunes, and Storytime + Art in the Park. Leah relies on public transportation and is an advocate for Greater Kennedy Plaza as a thriving, activated city center. She has a background in education and most enjoys introducing new creative play and art ideas to the families and children who come through Downtown Providence.