Chief Innovation and Performance Officer
Emmanuel moved to Rhode Island when he was five years old from Lima, Peru. He holds a Bachelor’s in History and Political Science from Rhode Island College, and started his career in community-based emergency preparedness working with the State Office of Minority Health. Before joining the City as a Project Manager, Emmanuel oversaw the state’s federally appointed health insurance Consumer Assistance Program. Emmanuel has worked as a service provider to elderly and disabled adults and was a foster parent. Since becoming Chief Innovation and Performance Officer in August of 2016, Emmanuel oversees the Department of Innovation’s efforts to improve the level of city service, increase transparency, measure performance of City Departments, and generate budget, time, and customer savings. Emmanuel also leads the Providence LEAN Academy, which offers training on process improvement methodology as well as project and change management.
Maria was born in Caracas, Venezuela. She came to Rhode Island when she was 5 years old and has not looked back. She is fluent in Spanish and Portuguese as well as English. After a career in human resources, she has worked in various capacities with the city including Workforce, Licensing, and Purchasing. She brings a true love for Providence and City Hall as well as a love for technology and innovation to the department. As a Performance Analyst in the Department of Innovation, she supports the development and management of the City’s performance management initiative in addition to the department’s more general process improvement projects. She lives with her sons and husband and enjoys movies and music.
City Hall, 1st Floor, Suite 108
25 Dorrance St.
Providence, RI 02906