R.I. Mayoral Academies adds staff

R.I. Mayoral Academies adds staff

CUMBERLAND - Rhode Island Mayoral Academies announces the addition of new staff in the areas of policy and research, communications, and office management.

Elsa Dure joins RIMA as director of policy and research, and will focus on state education policy and documenting "what's working" in Rhode Island mayoral academies. Dure previously served as a research associate at the Annenberg Institute at Brown University where she primarily focused on the Ford Foundation's More and Better Learning Time Initiative and the Central Falls High School Transformation Study. Dure has a bachelor of arts degree in psychology and a master of arts degree in urban education psychology, both from Brown University.

Katelyn Silva has been hired as RIMA's chief communications officer. As CCO, she will spearhead all aspects of the organization's branding, marketing, media relations, web, and social media efforts. Silva was previously communications director at the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute, a nonprofit organization that includes the UChicago Urban Teacher Education Program, UChicago Consortium on Chicago School Research, UChicago Charter School, and Chicago Impact. A native of East Providence, Silva has a bachelor of arts degree in English from Connecticut College and a master of arts degree in humanities from the University of Chicago.

Jessica De Los Santos is RIMA's new executive assistant and holds a bachelor of arts degree in social work from Rhode Island College. De Los Santos was the valedictorian of her Central High School graduating class in Providence and also attended Perry Middle School, now the home of Achievement First Providence Mayoral Academy. De Los Santos is bilingual and brings extensive experience in office and records management.