Pratt Leaving Raimondo's Office to Head Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County

Dec 3, 2013

Credit Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County

Joseph P. Pratt, who served as state Treasurer Gina Raimondo's chief of staff until being supplanted by Andrew Roos earlier this year, is taking a job as executive director and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County. He's due to start January 6.

Pratt's current title in Raimondo's office is deputy treasurer/chief of administration.

Patti Rakolta, board president of the Boys & Girls Clubs, says the decision to hire Pratt comes after a national search. “We are excited to recruit Joe with his extensive leadership and community experience to the Club as we strive to fulfill our mission of providing critical services to the kids and their community," Rakolta says in a news release.

Pratt lives in Newport with his wife, Lesley, and their three children. He previously worked for Fidelity Investments, Bryant University, and the United Way of Southern New England. He is a former Newport city councilor and a graduate of Providence College.

In addition to Roos, Eric Hyers, who managed two winning congressional campaigns for David Cicilline, recently joined Raimondo's team.

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Newport County provides programming to youths ages 5-18. Pratt says he used many of the clubs' services when he was growing up.