Cliff Wood, a former Providence city council member, director of the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy and longtime civic activist, has been appointed executive director of the Providence Foundation.
Wood takes over from current director Dan Baudouin, who is retiring after 24 years at the foundation. Wood has been involved for many years in Providence arts, economic development and park preservation efforts.
“We are excited about Cliff’s appointment as executive director and enthusiastic about his ability to lead this important institution forward into the next chapter,’’ said Ned Handy, chairman of the foundation .
Wood was selected after a national search.
Wood was the first director of the city’s Office of arts, Culture and Tourism and also served as deputy policy director at City Hall under former Mayor David Cicilline. Wood is vice chairman of the Providence Redevelopment Agency and was a member of the Providence Police Advisory Board.
Founded in 1974, the foundation has supported initiatives that have transformed the downtown area, including the river relocation project, the opening up of the former 195 land, the creation of the Capital Center District and the formation of the parks conservancy.
Wood will work with Baudouin on a transition and will assume the post at the end of July.