Staff

Marisa Angell Brown – Executive Director

Marisa is an architectural historian and educator who comes to PPS most recently from Rhode Island School of Design, where she served as Associate Director of the Center for Complexity. Prior to this, Marisa was Assistant Director at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University, where she taught courses on preservation and heritage practice and led the Center’s academic and community programs and partnerships.

Marisa holds a PhD in the History of Art and Architecture from Yale University, an MA in History from the University of Chicago, and a BA from Princeton University. Her writing has appeared in the Journal of Architectural Education, Places Journal, Perspecta, Buildings and Landscapes, and the Journal of the Society of Architectural Historians. She teaches courses in public writing and social change at the women’s prison in Rhode Island and lectures in the art history and interior architecture departments at RISD.

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Kate Blankenship – Development Coordinator

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 Pawtucket with her husband and son.

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Angela Kondon – Director of Development

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.

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Keating Zelenke – Mary A. Gowdey Special Projects Fellow

Keating is a journalist originally from Troy, New York. Her work has spanned a wide variety of topics, from wooden ship building to artificial intelligence. She graduated from Stony Brook University in 2023 with a B.A. in Journalism and a concentration in multimedia production. After graduating she lived in Brooklyn, working first in the digital content department at the Whitney Museum of American Art, then at the non-profit Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting as a fact-checker and copyeditor. Throughout her time in the city, Keating also wrote feature stories for The Indypendent and helped proofread the paper. She has been recognized by both regional and national organizations for her writing and design. As the daughter of a carpenter, she has long had an interest in architecture and the places we call home. She now lives in Providence.
 
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