Daniela Fairchild-Frydryk

PBN 40 Under Forty 2023 Awards
Daniela Fairchild-Frydryk | 35 | Chief strategy officer, R.I. Commerce Corp.


What have been the most significant changes in your industry in the last five years? One trend that has been escalated by the COVID-19 pandemic is the shift to e-commerce and digitally enabled business systems. Ensuring our state’s small businesses are best enabled to leverage the internet and cloud-based solutions has catapulted as a need over the past five years.

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Where do you see yourself in five years? My two littles will be in grade school in five years, so I’ll likely be doing a lot of balancing school and work schedules, trying to be multiple places at the same time.

What is your greatest attribute that you bring to your job? Hustle.

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What is your favorite Rhode Island food or drink? Blount [Fine Foods Corp.] chowder and clam cakes. It’s a hearty combo, delicious, a total steal and you get to imagine yourself sitting at the president’s inauguration dinner while dining.

What was your last streaming or cable binge watch? With two kids younger than 4, there’s not a lot of binge watching. We do watch a lot of “Octonauts” presently – highly recommend if you’re in the market for a new kid show.

Fox or MSNBC? We’re a local news household – and “Meet the Press” on Sundays.

What led you to pursuing a career in your current industry? My jobs have always been in pursuit of making good ideas stick – how can I best impart knowledge for students, improve education policy, or update systems to make government work better for those it serves.