Providence Mayor Angel Taveras has announced some staff changes in his office, including the hiring of Brian Hull as director of municipal and intergovernmental affairs.
Taveras, a candidate for the Democratic nomination for governor, said in a news release that Hull will begin work April 28th. The job is basically a government relations post that includes representing the administration before the Providence City Council.
Hull has been working in Boston as a consultant to the Research and Advisory Practice at the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City, a non-profit research firm focused on lo-income economic development policy.
Hull isn’t a stranger to Providence; he graduated from Rhode Island College summa cum laude with a degree in political science and earned a master’s degree in public policy at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. Before attending Harvard, Hull was editor the Rhode Island Future Blog, a liberal Rhode Island political blog and web site.
Taveras has also appointed Sheila Dormody to be acting director of policy. A well-known local environmentalist, Dormody has been head of the city’s Office of Sustainability since 2011. In that position she worked to improve the city’s recycling and composting programs as well as increasing urban farming in Providence.
"I look forward to working closely with Brian and Sheila in their new roles as we continue efforts to move Providence forward,’" said Taveras in a news release.
The mayor also said that Toby Shepherd, who has been policy director since 2012, is leaving city government to lead the Rhode Island Foundation’s portfolio of education investments.
Shepherd has been deeply involved in Providence Talks, a program financed by a grant from the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge, that helps disadvantaged children better their vocabularies.