Providence promise team


Richard Lappin

Chairman and Executive Director

Richard Lappin is a real estate developer with a strong commitment to community and the economic development of Providence.

As owner of Lisco Development and co-owner of Regency Plaza Apartments in downtown Providence and Bay View Estates in Portsmouth, Richard has a strong presence in Rhode Island. He is also the owner of the Riverside Plaza community shopping center in East Providence. 

Richard has demonstrated his passion for and commitment to Providence in several ways. He has served as a long-time Trustee of the Providence Foundation and, for the past four years, has been a member of its Executive Board. In addition, he is a board member and Secretary of the Providence Downtown Improvement District and was the Board Chairman from 2011 to 2016.

The idea of the Providence Promise was conceived by Richard in 2013. It grew out of his strong belief that all children in Providence Public Schools should have the opportunity for a higher education regardless of their financial situation.

Richard received his bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and his Master of Business Administration from Columbia University.

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Candace Harper

Chief of Operations

Prior to joining the Providence Promise, Candace served as the Family Engagement Coordinator at the College Crusade of Rhode Island.
Candace has also served on the Family and Community Engagement Task Force for the Providence Public Schools, the Civic Design Team for the Providence Parent Leadership Training Institute, and the Rhode Island Department of Education’s Ambassador Design Team. As a result of Candace’s commitment to education reform, she was selected to work with the team developing the Strategic Plan for Pre-K through 12 Education in Rhode Island for 2015-2020.

In 2017, Candace was appointed by Governor Raimondo to the Rhode Island Family Engagement Advisory Council and was also invited by Rhode Island Department of Education Commissioner, Dr. Ken Wagner, to participate in the Parent Outreach Design Team for the 2016-17 year.

Candace embraces our organization’s belief that every child deserves the advantages of a higher education, and is committed to working on behalf of our students and their parents as we cultivate a vibrant college-going culture in our City.

Candace received her bachelor's degree from Northeastern University.


Madalyn Ciampi

Director of Outreach & Enrollment

During the last five years she has spent in Providence, Madalyn has worked for a number of community and education based organizations including the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at Providence College and the Providence After School Alliance.

During her graduate studies, Madalyn focused on the access and affordability of higher education, and as a first generation college student, she is particularly interested in how this issue affects underserved populations. Madalyn has worked with the College Promise Campaign in Washington, D.C. in Strategic Communications, and is a current contributor to Civic Nation Voice on With her experience with and knowledge of Promise initiatives across the country, Madalyn is excited to see Providence become a Promise City.

Madalyn is committed to supporting the drive to make higher education a reality for all students, and looks forward to her continued work with the Providence communities.

Madalyn received her bachelor's degree from Providence College and her Master of Arts in Urban Education Policy from Brown University.

Kerri Biagiotti

Outreach & Enrollment Assistant

Wendy Alzate

Enrollment Specialist

Sherry Rivera

Enrollment Specialist 

Stella Londono

Outreach Coordinator

Carolyn Kelly

Program Coordinator

Latayna Walmsley

Administrative Assistant