US Rep. Cicilline to step down, lead nonprofit foundation

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Rhode Island congressman David Cicilline said Tuesday he will step down this summer to lead his home state's largest funder of nonprofits.

The Democrat, who is a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and the House Committee on the Judiciary, was named president and CEO of the Rhode Island Foundation, effective June. 1.

“Serving the people of Rhode Island’s First Congressional District has been the honor of my lifetime,” said Cicilline, who is serving his seventh term. “As President and CEO of one of the largest and oldest community foundations in the nation, I look forward to expanding on the work I have led for nearly thirty years in helping to improve the lives of all Rhode Islanders.”

Cicilline said the opportunity to lead the foundation was unexpected, but gives him the opportunity to “have an even more direct and meaningful impact on the lives of residents of our state.”

The Rhode Island Foundation, founded in 1916, focuses on supporting economic security, affordable health care, as well as education and training. He was selected after a national search.

Cicilline takes over for Neil Steinberg, who will continue as president and CEO until Cicilline starts.

“Congressman Cicilline’s career-long fight for equity and equality at the local, national and international level, and his deep relationships within Rhode Island’s communities of color are two of the many factors that led us to this decision,” said Dr. G. Alan Kurose, chair of the foundation’s board of directors, said in a statement.

Cicilline has represented Rhode Island in the U.S. House since 2011. He previously served mayor of Providence from 2003 to 2011, and in the state legislature from 1995 until 2003.

The Associated Press