A Letter from the Providence After School Alliance’s Board
Dear Partners and Friends,
After a national search, the Providence After School Alliance (PASA) is excited to announce Ann Durham as our new Executive Director.
Many of you already know Ann as PASA’s long-time Deputy Director, and before that as its Director of Quality. Ann is a national leader in the after-school field and in her time with PASA, she has helped build our incredible, nation-leading after-school and summer learning systems. Most importantly, though, she cares deeply about Providence youth. At this crucial moment of transformation in our community, Ann has the background and vision to work with our incredible community of families and educators to ensure that PASA continues to make a difference in the lives of thousands of young people each year.
We couldn’t be more excited to welcome Ann into her new role as Executive Director. Ann will succeed our founding Executive Director, Hillary Salmons on July 1, 2021.
Hillary hailed the announcement. “I am 200% confident in having Ann lead PASA. She has demonstrated her commitment to PASA’s mission, and has spent the past seven years caring for Providence youth and contributing to the success of our 60+ community partners. In her role as Deputy Director, she has been PASA’s trusted, diplomatic and program quality virtuoso. There is no better person to move PASA and the after-school field forward.”
“In Providence, we understand that the best educational outcomes occur when we come together as a community to comprehensively support our youth,” said Providence Mayor Jorge O. Elorza. “Under the leadership of founding Executive Director Hillary Salmons, the Providence After School Alliance has grown to become one of our community’s most critical youth-serving organizations and Ann is the perfect choice to succeed her in leading PASA while continuing to build on our investments in after-school and year-round programming.”
Ann has helped to define the vision for what a truly equitable, youth-centered education landscape can look like in Rhode Island. Her experience innovating new ways of validating learning and supporting young people will guide our field through this transformative era.
Ann has chosen to take this leadership position because she believes we must and can build a learning ecosystem that works for every single young person in our community. Critically, Ann brings a deep commitment to racial justice, equity, and intersectionality to this work.
“I am honored and excited to take on this important role and am committed to ensuring that PASA’s incredible staff and provider network continue to serve Providence youth through engaging, high-quality after-school opportunities,” Ann said. “I thank the Board of Directors for their trust in me and cannot wait to continue PASA’s legacy of innovative, youth-focused systems change.”
We hope you’ll all join us in offering an enthusiastic welcome to Ann as she embarks on this new chapter in her life and in PASA’s.