Kate Blankenship – Development Assistant
Kate is a native of Madison, Wisconsin, and received a degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. She re-located to Providence later that year to attend Brown University, and completed an MA in Anthropology in 2012. She began her time at PPS as a volunteer in 2013, and joined the staff in July of that year. She lives in the Summit Avenue neighborhood with her husband and son.
Marc Hutchison – Office Administrator
Marc is a native of Minneapolis, Minnesota. He received a degree in Anthropology from Normandale College in 2007 and relocated to Rumford, RI that summer. Marc continued his passion for Anthropology and History at the University of Rhode Island where he received his baccalaureate degree in 2011. After an internship with the Rhode Island Historic Preservation and Heritage Commission, he is excited to be back in the preservation world with PPS.
Angela Kondon – Director of Donor Relations and Special Events
Angela has been at PPS since January 2012. Prior to that, she was the Chief of Staff at The RISD Museum for 16 years. She also worked in the Curator’s Office at the White House for six years under Presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton. Angela received her BA in Art History from Smith College. Locally, she serves on the board of the Newman YMCA in Seekonk, MA, and as a Trustee of the Newman Congregational Church in Rumford.
Kelsey Mullen – Director of Education
Kelsey Mullen joined PPS in June 2019. She is a public historian, humanities administrator, and architecture superfan with a decade of experience in cultural organizations throughout the northeast. Previously, Kelsey served as the Public Programs Manager for the Newport Restoration Foundation, and as Director of Public Programming and Education at The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home. Kelsey holds bachelor’s degrees in History and Education from Mount Holyoke College and a M.A. in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program.
Rachel C. Robinson – Director of Preservation
Rachel joined PPS in August 2017. She is the former executive director of the Vieux Carré Commission Foundation and Felicity Redevelopment Inc., both located in New Orleans. Rachel holds a master’s degree in urban and environmental planning and a certificate in historic preservation from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree in historical and sustainable architecture from New York University—London. She serves on the board of the West Broadway Neighborhood Association and the New England Chapter Society of Architectural Historians and is a member of the Providence Community Library Facilities Committee.
Brent Runyon – Executive Director
Brent came to PPS in October, 2013. Prior to that, he was the executive director of Thomasville Landmarks (Thomasville, Georgia) for eight years. He received his master’s degree in historic preservation from the University of Georgia. While at UGA, he focused on community planning and affordable housing issues and worked on several community-based design charrettes. His focus is on community planning, place identity, and affordable housing issues. He is actively serving on the boards of the Providence Revolving Fund, the Providence Public Library, Trinity Gateway Historic Improvement Association, and HousingWorks RI. He was named a Providence Community Library “Champion of the Year” in 2017.