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Dwayne Keys

Keys named Economic Progress Institute board chair

DWAYNE KEYS, director of programs, multifamily, for Compass Working Capital in Boston, was recently named board chair for the Economic Progress Institute. The Providence-based...

United Way of R.I. honors community champions

PROVIDENCE – Two individuals, a nonprofit coalition and a local financial institution were recently honored by United Way of Rhode Island Inc. during the...

Economic Progress Institute names Keys new board chair

PROVIDENCE – Dwayne Keys, the director of programs, multifamily for the Boston-based nonprofit Compass Working Capital, has been named the new board chair for...
BATTLE TESTED: ­Margaux Morisseau, co-chair of the Rhode Island Coalition for Payday Reform, has been fighting against payday lenders and the lobbyists for years, and she feels the momentum is swinging her group’s way now. 
PBN PHOTO/­MICHAEL SALERNO

Activists won’t abandon payday lending fight

It has not been a lucky year for Georgina Paulino. The Westerly resident’s partner was injured and is out of work. The care of...
THE RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION has awarded $2.2 million in grants to six nonprofits, as well as created $1.2 million in endowments for 14 organizations to address racial inequity in the state. / COURTESY RHODE ISLAND FOUNDATION

RIF awards $2.2M in grants, creates endowments for organizations addressing racial...

PROVIDENCE – Six local nonprofits have received $2.2 million in total grants from the Rhode Island Foundation to help take down causes of systemic...
RETURN TO THE ROSTRUM: Senate President Dominick J. Ruggerio takes his place at the front of the Senate chambers on Jan. 3, the first day of the 2023 General Assembly session. It’s a position Ruggerio has held since 2017. 
PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Surplus of question marks: Decisions on tax cuts, housing policies, education...

No one would blame the General Assembly leadership if it breathed a little easier in the 2023 legislative session. After all, the top Democratic leaders...

Economic Progress Institute touts key wins in R.I. FY 2023 budget

PROVIDENCE – Rhode Island’s $13.6 billion fiscal year 2023 budget makes some substantial investments in both the state and its residents, while leaving on...
Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies / PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO

Five Questions With: Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies

Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies | Executive director, Economic Progress Institute 1. How would you describe the Economic Progress Institute and its mission? At EPI, our mission is to advocate...

New polling shows support for R.I. payday lending reform

PROVIDENCE – After years of failed attempts to regulate payday loans in Rhode Island, state lawmakers have a new weapon in their arsenal this...
WEAYONNOH NELSON-DAVIES has been named the new executive director of The Economic Progress Institute in Providence. / COURTESY THE ECONOMIC PROGRESS INSTITUTE

Economic Progress Institute names Nelson-Davies new executive director

PROVIDENCE – Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies, who served as managing attorney at Massachusetts-based nonprofit Community Legal Aid, has been named The Economic Progress Institute’s new executive...
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