In her role as Associate Director of the Feinstein Institute for Public Service at Providence College, Carlene cultivates campus-community partnerships, directs the Feinstein Community Fellows program, chairs the PC President’s Committee on Service and connects students with meaningful engaged learning opportunities in Rhode Island. Carlene is a life-long resident of Central Falls, RI. She served as President Pro-Temp on the Central Falls City Council for 4 years. During her time on the Council, Carlene created the annual Central Falls Job Fair, passed the first ever City Council rules, passed the Small Business Growth Act, created a Fellowship Program for City youth and hosted several ownership and financial literacy workshops for the community alongside community organizations. Carlene’s passion for educating others led her to work in both public and charter schools in her hometown of Central Falls serving as the Director of 21st Century Programs, Summer Programs, Dean of Operations, and Director of Career & Technical Education over the years. Prior to her move back to RI, Carlene served as the Confidential Liaison to the White House Liaison at the United States Agency for International Development.
Over the years, Carlene has used experiences to incorporate intersectionality, civic engagement, social equity into policy, program development, strategic partnerships and organizational development. Carlene is extremely active in the RI community, serving on the RIC Upward Bound Board of Directors, the Books Are Wings Board of Directors & the Central Falls Pawtucket Health Equity Zone Committee. She is a graduate of the Core Program of Leadership RI, a graduate of the RI Chapter of New Leaders Council, and a lifelong member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc, the largest African-American women’s professional organization in the world. Carlene serves as a mentor to several youth in RI, engages in a number of speaking engagements and serves as an Admissions Interviewer for her alum Georgetown University.
Through The Greatest You Consulting, we will help positively empower and transform individuals, organizations and communities to become the best version of themselves. As a first generation woman of color, my goal is to move low income communities out of poverty by helping clients to enhance and grow their talents and connect them with resources in the education world, business world, workforce, and community. As we grow, we will be able to train other young leaders to support our mission and give them entrepreneurial skills. We will also run evening and weekend workshops to accommodate schedules and offer scholarships so everyone can have access to coaching.