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Governor Chafee Announces Intention to Appoint Eva-Marie Mancuso to Chair Board of Education

URI Graduate Served on Board of Governors for Higher Ed

Providence, RI - Governor Lincoln D. Chafee today announced his intention to appoint Eva-Marie Mancuso as Chairwoman of the Rhode Island Board of Education, pending confirmation by the Rhode Island Senate.

"Eva-Marie Mancuso understands public education in Rhode Island," Governor Chafee said. "A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Eva has a long record of public service and community involvement and has served with excellence on the Board of Governors for Higher Education. She agrees with me that our public education system is the key to a stronger economy and brighter future for Rhode Island, and she has both the vision and the dedication to ably lead the new Board of Education on behalf of the students of our state."

"It is a new day for education in Rhode Island," Mancuso said. "I am looking forward to working with Governor Chafee, commissioners and education leaders responsible educating our very youngest children right up to our graduate students. Education is the most important tool we have to combat the economic challenges facing our state. I am honored to be asked to fill this position."

Eva-Marie Mancuso is Managing Partner with the law firm of Hamel, Waxler, Allen & Collins. Before joining the firm, Mancuso served as Assistant Attorney General for Rhode Island and, prior to that, Assistant District Attorney for Bristol County, Massachusetts. She also has served as Adjunct Professor at the Community College of Rhode Island (CCRI) and as Faculty Advisor to the National College of District Attorneys.

Mancuso earned a BA from the University of Rhode Island (URI) and a JD from Suffolk University Law School, where she was Student Bar Association President and earned the Outstanding Graduate Award for Public Service.

Mancuso is a member of the Rhode Island Bar Association and the Women's Bar Association, is a former Vice President of the URI Alumni Association, and served as a CCRI Foundation Trustee. She was the RI Representative to the National Lawyers / Teacher Partnership, and is currently a Civil Trial Specialist with the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Mancuso has been honored as the Rhode Island Business and Professional "Woman of the Year," is a recipient of the South County "Business Woman of Achievement" Award, and received the "Outstanding Service Award" from the URI Alumni Association.

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