At its May Annual Meeting, five new members were elected to serve on the Grow Smart RI Board of Directors.
Founded in 1998 to engage with elected leaders to think and act more strategically about identifying, nurturing and capitalizing on Rhode Island’s many strengths, Grow Smart is a diverse alliance of business and civic leaders who are passionate about Rhode Island’s future.
New Board members elected to serve a 3-year term include:
William Ashworth, PE, Rhode Island Office Manager/Principal at Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. Bill oversees the operations of a team of transportation, land development and environmental professionals. He has played an important role in helping to solve transportation challenges in many significant state, municipal, institutional and private development projects in Rhode Island.
John A. Chambers, PG, LSP, Vice President/Principal, Fuss & O’Neill, Inc. John directs Fuss & O’Neill’s Brownfield and Urban Redevelopment team in Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He has completed a wide range of environmental remediation, water resource planning and development and site redevelopment projects and is a recognized leader in environmental justice regulation and policy.
David Cunningham, Vice President, Commercial Real Estate, BankRI. David has over 20 years of experience in commercial banking, real estate financing, underwriting and portfolio management of residential, commercial and mixed-use properties. His background also includes project management for a real estate development company in Providence.
Gail E. McCann, Esq., Edwards Wildman, Palmer, LLP. Gail has served as the chair of the Firm’s Real Estate Department and has particular knowledge in a wide variety of construction and project financing, including affordable housing, apartments, hotels, mixed-use, office and industrial space. Her experience includes finance transactions and projects involving historic tax credits, new markets tax credits and low income housing tax credits.
Barbara van Beuren, Managing Partner, Anbau Enterprises. Barbara, a trained architect, specializes in the development and construction of residential properties and oversees design, marketing and sales as well as acquisitions. She also oversees her family’s charitable foundation which focuses on land conservation, community planning and historic preservation throughout Rhode Island.
Grow Smart RI Board Chair, Howard Kilguss, thanked the newest leaders for joining the Board and recognized their wealth of talent and generosity of spirit, adding that “Grow Smart’s success in recruiting so many dynamic and engaged leaders is a testament to the urgency of the work before us and the enduring hope and confidence that Rhode Island can leverage its vast untapped potential.”
He also recognized and thanked two Board members whose terms expired in May, Steve Durkee, Principal at Cornish Associates and Akhil Gupta, Vice President of the Providence Campus at Johnson and Wales.