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Ellie Brown
DESIGNxRI executive director 
Ellie Brown was named executive director of DESIGNxRI in July. An artist and design educator, she’s worked as a grants manager and also for the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island as director of development and operations.

Diversify by expanding

Ellie Brown | DESIGNxRI executive director I want to explore where we are headed as an organization and why. This is going to start with an invitation:...

Providence, DESIGNxRI launch, renew innovation programming 

PROVIDENCE – Two pre-catalyst programs – one new and one returning – will provide mentorship, training and a total of $150,000 in funding for...

Providence adds new startup training to design grant program

PROVIDENCE – The city and DESIGNxRI are expanding an existing grant program for design-based businesses, with new opportunities for entrepreneurs looking to start creative...
COLLABORATIVE EFFORT: From left, DESIGNxRI Executive Director Ellie Brown, Program and Events Manager Davin Samuels and marketing associate Rue Sakayama at the nonprofit’s Providence office. 

DESIGNxRI builds an industry by design

PBN Innovative Companies 2022 NONPROFIT: DESIGNxRI DESIGN AND INNOVATION go hand in hand at DESIGNxRI. The Providence-based nonprofit creates economic development opportunities for Rhode Island designers,...

Five Questions With: Ellie Brown

Ellie Brown is the new executive director of DESIGNxRI. Brown, a design educator, artist and nonprofit development professional, began her tenure as the Providence-based...
DESIGNxRI HAS AWARDED eight Providence-based design businesses up to $17,500 in seed funding through the organization's Providence Design Catalyst program.

8 design businesses receive seed funding via DESIGNxRI’s Design Catalyst program

PROVIDENCE – Nonprofit design industry advocate DESIGNxRI awarded eight city-based design businesses up to $17,500 each Monday in becoming the latest graduates of the...
ELLIE BROWN has been named DESIGNxRI's new executive director. / COURTESY DESIGNxRI

DESIGNxRI names Brown new executive director

PROVIDENCE – A design educator, artist and nonprofit development professional with experience on both coasts will now take charge of DESIGNxRI. The nonprofit that supports...
TAKING ACTION: Women’s Fund of Rhode Island Executive Director Kelly Nevins frequently advocates for women’s reproductive rights and economic concerns, such as pushing for the passage of the Healthy and Safe Families and Workplace Act and the Reproductive Privacy Act.  / PBN PHOTO/RUPERT WHITELEY

Women’s Fund’s Nevins pushes for equality in Rhode Island

PBN BUSINESS WOMEN AWARDS 2020 INDUSTRY LEADER, SOCIAL SERVICES/NONPROFIT: Kelly Nevins | Women’s Fund of Rhode Island KELLY NEVINS COLORFULLY summarizes Women’s Fund of Rhode...
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