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First Executive Director joins Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA)

Sep 30, 2020 12:16PM ● By Maureen Cary

The Rhode Island Environmental Education Association (RIEEA) has hired its first executive director, Jeanine Silversmith. Although this is a new position at RIEEA, Jeanine has been with the organization for more than eight years in a variety of roles, including most recently as project manager. Silversmith’s deep knowledge of RIEEA’s goals and programs, as well as her collaborative leadership approach and attention to detail, will help RIEEA continue to build the capacity of the organization and advance its mission and vision.

Silversmith has a background in both formal and informal education, starting her career as a classroom science and math teacher and then managing the Wildlife Conservation Society/Bronx Zoo’s award-winning Girls for Planet Earth program. When she first moved to Rhode Island with her family, she joined as an individual member of RIEEA and served on various committees before taking her first position in 2012.

The RIEEA Board of Directors has been working towards this goal for several years to help build the capacity of the organization. Silversmith will work closely with the board as well as the membership and greater Rhode Island community, to help the organization meet its strategic goals and vision and to support and promote high-quality environmental education throughout the state.

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