Aaron Ahlstrom – Training Coordinator

Aaron has been working in historic preservation and public history for over a decade. From Somerville, Massachusetts, he completed his bachelor’s degree in American Studies at Bard College and received his PhD in American & New England Studies at Boston University in 2021, with a concentration in historic preservation, architectural history, and environmental studies. During his career, he has led tours at historic sites across the Northeast United States, conducted research on historic landscapes, and led youth environmental education programs. Additionally, Aaron has renovated old homes in Cambridge, worked as a gardener, and spent time farming in Vermont.

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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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Kayla A. Campbell – Outreach Coordinator

Kayla joined PPS in November of 2021. A native Rhode Islander she lived in Pawtucket until 2018 when she relocated to Providence’s West End, where she now lives in the Armory Historic District and sits on the board of the West Broadway Neighborhood Association. This move served as the catalyst for her passion for the rich history, sense of community, and architecture therein. As she pursues her BA in sociology at Johnson and Wales University, she brings to the organization her history of activism, dedication to the people of Providence, and sociological view of the intersection of the built landscape and humanity.

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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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Kelsey Mullen – Director of Education

Kelsey Mullen joined PPS in June 2019. She is a public historian, humanities administrator, 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 M.A. in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program.

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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 Preservation Action and the New England Chapter Society of Architectural Historians and is a member of the Providence Community Library Facilities Committee.

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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.

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