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.
Geoff is responsible for overseeing operations and institutional advancement of the DPPC. A recent transplant from California, Geoff brings significant experience in park and nonprofit management to the organization. Mr. Kish has a long serving career advancing the stewardship of parks and engaging the public in conservation efforts. He previously held management positions at the Santa Monica Mountains Fund, National Parks Conservation Association and World Wildlife Fund. Geoff earned a Master of Business Administration from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary.
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.
OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR & VOLUNTEER COORDINATOR
Susan Dunnington serves the double role of Office Administrator and Volunteer Coordinator for the DPPC. She is responsible for the behind-the-scenes administrative work of the organization and when she needs a break from the computer, she works to cultivate volunteers for upcoming park events. She is excited about working in the parks to make them more beautiful and a place for everyone to enjoy. Susan is a graduate of Connecticut College where she earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Studio Art and Art History.
As Communications 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.