Women's entrepreneurship Week: change makers
Director of Communications
City of Providence
Emily Crowell is a born and raised Rhode Islander. She attended St. Mary’s Academy Bay View and went on to graduate from the University of Rhode Island with a double major in Political Science and Natural Resource Conservation and minors in Art and English. After college she worked for U.S. Senator Jack Reed as a Field Representative before leaving the federal office to work as Field and Outreach Manager for his successful 2014 campaign.
As of January 2015, Emily has worked for Mayor Jorge Elorza and currently serves as his Acting Director of Communications. Specializing in strategic communications and outreach, Emily spends all of her free time studying the Huffington Post, social media and people.
Associate Director of Partnerships
Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy
Stephanie was born and raised in Central Falls, attended Boston College as an undergrad, but inspired by the changes in her hometown, she returned home in hopes of playing a role in the City's transformation. Seeing education as one of the most important needs in the community, Stephanie was appointed to the Central Falls School Board of Trustees in 2011 and is currently the Associate Director of Partnerships at Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy.
Stephanie sits on numerous boards and commissions across the state including Girls on the Run Rhode Island, RI Commission on Women, Sophia Academy, and Central Falls City Council.
LeeAnn Byrne is the Policy Director at the Rhode Island Coalition for the Homeless, leading the organization’s effort in policy advocacy and government relations. She has successfully advocated for a dedicated funding stream for housing vouchers for people experiencing homelessness, the passage of the nation’s first Homeless Bill of Rights, and the recent $50 million Housing Opportunity Bond (Question 7), all in direct collaboration with the Coalition's constituents and member agencies.
LeeAnn received her Masters in Social Work, with a focus on policy and administration, from Rhode Island College and her Bachelors in Social Work from Providence College. Recently, she started her own political consulting firm, Good for You Consulting, specializing in campaign management, fundraising, Get Out the Vote efforts and volunteer management for campaigns for state legislative campaigns.
Law Office of Dawn Euer
Dawn Euer has been an organizer and activist all her life. She helped lead the efforts at Marriage Equality Rhode Island from 2011 through the passage of the marriage equality bill in 2013. She has worked on countless high profile political and issue campaigns and currently runs her own law firm. Dawn founded the Law Office of Dawn Euer because she believes involvement in the legislative and judicial systems are essential to advance social justice.
City of Pawtucket
Ms. Cano was born in Medellin, Colombia, and moved to the United States with her family in 2000. She earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Management and Economics at Bryant University in 2007. She completed a Master’s Degree in Public Administration at the University of Rhode Island in 2012 then went To Harvard University where she finished couple of executive leadership programs in 2016.
Sandra is the Assistant VP Community Development at Navigant Credit Union, she is responsible for developing strategic business sector and community based partnerships and developing financial education campaigns. Sandra is also a City Councilor in the City of Pawtucket. Additionally, Sandra has developed a strong track record of volunteerism and community engagement, Sandra was awarded the “Credit Union Rising Start” recognition in 2012 by the Massachusetts Credit Union League, New Hampshire Credit Union League, Credit Union Association of Rhode Island and Center Point Magazine for being an outstanding employee and business leader, also for making a notable impact on her credit union and within the industry. Sandra was recognized with the mission award 2012 by the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and the Campaigning for a Cure. Sandra received the Collaborator of the year award 2013 by the Central Falls Community Collaborative and has been recognized by her community involvement and positive impact for her work to improve the lives of the underserved communities in Rhode Island (Central Falls, Pawtucket and Woonsocket).
Sandra was chosen as one of 14 people in Rhode Island who made a difference in 2014 by Golocal Prov. She was nominated as a CU Hero 2015 and was recognized as one of the three CU Heroes by The Credit Union National Association and the Credit Union Magazine. Sandra was awarded the 2015 Financial Services Champion Award by the US Small Business Administration, the 2015 Extraordinary Women Award by the Women Development Institute, The 2015 John Coen Award for Community Service and Social Justice from the Pawtucket and Central Falls Development Corporation and the 2015 Paul E. Moura Leadership Award by the Institute for Labor Studies and Research of Rhode Island