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.
Adriana Hazelton – Advocacy Manager
Adriana’s work is centered in identity, belonging, and its relationship to community vitality. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in International Affairs from Florida State University, she worked in community development as a Peace Corps volunteer in Tanzania and for Americorps VISTA in Southern Vermont, followed by several years doing restorative justice work in the criminal justice system. Before joining PPS in August 2022, Adriana completed the Historic Preservation Graduate Program at Pratt Institute and interned at Ascendant Neighborhood Development, where she worked on intangible heritage and cultural resource initiatives.
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.
Kelsey Mullen – Director of Education
Kelsey Mullen joined PPS in June 2019. She is a public historian, humanities champion, and architecture superfan with 15 years 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 master’s degree in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program.
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.