Board of Directors and Staff


Angelyne Cooper-Bailey, Chair, Legal Counsel at Rhode Island Department of Labor and Training
William Trezvant, Treasurer, Special Assistant Attorney General, State of Rhode Island
Jonathan Howard, Secretary, Principal at Cause & Effect, Inc.

Gabe Amo, Director of Public Engagement, Office of Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo
Julia Carlson, Assistant Superintendent, Fall River Public Schools
Jeanne D’Agostino, Director of Development, Highlander Charter School
Hon. Edward Clifton
, Associate Justice (Ret.), Rhode Island Superior Court
Taritha Hill-Cooper, Parent Advocate and Substitute Teacher, Providence Public Schools
David Hunter, Certified Financial Planner, Resolute Wealth Management
David Logan, Professor of Law, Roger Williams University School of Law
Jhomphy Ventura, Chief of Information and Public Relations, Rhode Island Department of Corrections
Nondas Hurst Voll, Community Activist

Ashley Belanger
, Executive Revolutionary
Ashley has been with  Rhode Island Urban Debate League (RIUDL) since 2008, when she served as an AmeriCorps*VISTA with Rhode Island Campus Compact and Brown University. Following her term of service in 2009, Ashley worked with the RIUDL as Senior Program Consultant until the RIUDL’s incorporation in 2010 when she became the organization’s first Executive Director.

Ashley hails from Central Massachusetts and holds a B.A. from Smith College. She LOVES Providence, RI, where she lives with her spouse Amy and her unbearably cute cat Precious the Good. When not planning and executing strategies to fight educational inequity, Ashley can be found organizing closets, making art or crafts, and fighting her friends for fun (MMA style) at Darwin Martial Arts.

She is a member of the Rogare Advisory Panel, the University of Plymouth Hartsook Centre for Sustainable Philanthropy’s fundraising think tank, and she is a member of the Rhode Island chapter of the Association for Fundraising Professionals (AFP).

Phyllis Gingerella-Wade, Revolution Aviator (a.k.a. program manager)

Phyllis Gingerella Wade began working in the field of positive youth development when she herself was a young person. After studying visual arts at Bennington College, Phyllis returned to her home state of Rhode Island, and has been supporting urban youth through leadership and arts programming ever since. It is her belief that nurturing the development of creative, civically-engaged young people will help address the major social justice, equity and access issues in our community.

When not working with young people, Phyllis spends her time making miniature sculptures, knitting, baking, kayaking, investigating mysteries with her dog, and passionately discussing local and national politics with her husband, family and friends. She lives in Providence.

Olubunmi Olatunji, Systems Virtuoso CCSNE AmeriCorps VISTA