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URI Women's Council for Development

The Women's Council for Development seeks to develop leadership opportunities for all URI women by offering:

• Enhanced opportunities for alumnae to interact with and act as role models for students and one another.
Meaningful programs to generate lasting relationships with URI among students and alumnae.
Greater participation of alumnae at all levels of University life, including fundraising.
An annual scholarship awarded to a female student who holds a leadership position on campus and maintains a 3.0 grade point average.

Women's Development Council members are URI alumnae, faculty, and staff who:
Mentor students and fellow alumnae, offering work-life advice and career resources.
Support programs by planning, sponsoring, and attending events and encouraging fellow alumnae to participate.
• Contribute financially to programs such as the annual scholarship and Council events.


April 16, 2014 • 5 p.m. 
Women’s Student Leadership Summit
URI Women’s Council for Development and the URI Women’s Center hosted a special invitation-only networking dinner at the Alumni Center for young women who are making an impact on the URI community through exemplary leadership. Guest speaker Eva-Marie Mancuso ’82, chair of the Rhode Island Board of Education, discussed how women can make the transition from student leaders to community, national, and global leaders. Contact: Gina Simonelli ’01, M.S. ’03, Alumni Relations, 401.874.5808 or

Meet guest speaker Eva-Marie Mancuso '82

Eva-Marie Mancuso has been managing partner with the law firm of Hamel, Waxler, Allen and Collins for more than 20 years. She is an accomplished trial attorney, having attained the status of board certification by examination as a civil trial specialist in 2000 by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Having served as lead counsel in several complex jury trials, she has been recognized by her peers as a leader, particularly in her elected role as president of the Association for Justice, the trial bar for Rhode Island.
    Mancuso began her career as assistant attorney general for Rhode Island and assistant district attorney for Bristol County, MA. 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 B.A. from the University of Rhode Island and a J.D. from Suffolk University Law School, where she was president of the Student Bar Association and earned the Outstanding Graduate Award for Public Service.
    Mancuso is active in many legal and community organizations both locally and nationally. She is a former vice president of the URI Alumni Association and served as a CCRI Foundation trustee. She was also the R.I. representative to the National Lawyers/Teacher Partnership.
    Mancuso has been honored as the R.I. 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.
    As a member of the Board of Governors for Higher Education from 2011 to 2013, Mancuso chaired the Government Relations Committee and served on the board’s Facilities, Finance and Management Committee and the Personnel Committee. She was appointed chair of the newly-formed Rhode Island Board of Education in January of 2013.
    Chair Mancuso is married to attorney Sean Feeney, and is a proud mother and grandmother!

The Women’s Council for Development congratulates Lindsay Costa, a Senior from North Kingstown, who is the recipient of their 2013-2014 Founders' Scholarship. Lindsay is studying Communications with a minor in leadership studies. She has been an orientation leader, on the Student Alumni Association Executive Board and holds other leadership positions on campus.


FOR MORE Information

Gina Dei Simonelli '01, M.S. '03
Assistant Director, Alumni Relations
Alumni Center
73 Upper College Road
Kingston, RI 02881
Phone: 401.874.5808
Fax: 401.874.5957


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Scholarship Opportunity

Apply for a 2015 Women's Council for Development Founders Scholarship. Download a PDF application here.