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The Economic Progress Institute Announces Nina Harrison to Serve as Policy Director

Last updated: December 08, 2023

The Economic Progress Institute Announces Nina Harrison to Serve as Policy Director
Harrison is an experienced leader with expertise in policy and racial justice 

PROVIDENCE, RI– Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies, ExecutiveDirector of The Economic Progress Institute (EPI) announced Nina Harrison will serve as Policy Director, starting February 27, 2023. 

“Nina’s commitment to anti-racism and improving the economic well-being of low- and moderate-income people is an excellent match with the values of The Economic Progress Institute,” said Weayonnoh Nelson-Davies, Executive Director. “The experience Nina brings as a social justice attorney and policy expert will greatly benefit the residents of Rhode Island as we continue our recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic and move toward a more equitable future for our state.” 

Harrison will be a key member of the leadership team to advance EPI’s policy and advocacy agenda. As Policy Director she will supervise the policy team, lead coalition building and community engagement efforts, and cultivate relationships with policy makers. “Rhode Island is a wonderful place to live - full of history, rich cultures, and natural beauty.” said Nina Harrison, Policy Director. 

“Having grown up in Rhode Island and continuing to live here with my family, I know firsthand the great potential our state has. With The Economic Progress Institute, I will continue to fight to make sure every child and family in Rhode Island gets the opportunities they need to succeed.” 

Harrison is a graduate of Howard University with a BA in English and a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School. She most recently served as a Racial Justice Fellow and Staff Attorney for Community Legal Aid in Worcester, MA where she represented clients with sealing and expungement of criminal records and appealed criminal-record-based denials of applications for subsidized housing. She also created andpresented racial justice training for staff. Previously, Harrison has worked as a Staff Attorney with Rhode Island Legal Services as part of the Responsible Parent Project, an Associate Legislative Assistant in the Office of U.S. Senator Sheldon Whitehouse, and Law Clerk with U.S. Court of Appeals, First Circuit, Honorable O. Rogeriee Thompson. 


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