Monday, June 15, 2015


PROVIDENCE, RI— The Millennial Professional Group of Rhode Island (MPGRI) is launching their new website, (, devoted to sharing information relevant to reversing Rhode Island’s brain drain.

MPGRI hopes that the website will help facilitate the migration of new millennials into Rhode Island and help persuade those thinking about leaving the state into staying. The website will provide millennials with information regarding workshops, social events, and resources for internship and job seekers. The website will also be a place for members to connect and nourish professional partnerships.

In addition to the launch of the website, MPGRI is proud to announce its first board. The new members are:

Executive Committee

President and Executive Director- Travis Escobar- Community Engagement Coordinator, ONE Neighborhood Builders (formerly known as Olneyville Housing Corporation)
Executive Vice President- Jordan Day- Constituent Representative, Office of Mayor Jorge Elorza
Executive Vice President- Diony Garcia, Esq. - Special Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General
Secretary Niyoka Powell- Mental Health Worker, Butler Hospital
Treasurer Matt Coupe- Alumni & Community Engagement Liaison, Leadership Rhode Island


Sierra Barter- Co-Founder and CEO of The Lady Project, Student Services Social Media Coordinator, Johnson & Wales University
Michael Beauregard- Principal- Perception Analysis Advisors LLC
Dylan Conley, Esq. - Associate at Law Office of William J. Conley, Professor of paralegal studies at Roger Williams University
Emily Crowell- Deputy Director of Communications, Office of Mayor Jorge Elorza
Aiyah Josiah-Faeduwor- Director of Community Engagement & Strategic Partnerships, Perception Analysis Advisors LLC
Victor Morente- Communications Associate, Office of Mayor Jorge Elorza
Erlin Rogel, J.D. – Teach For America Corp Member
Nicole Verdi, Esq. - RI Supreme Court Judicial Law Clerk for the Honorable Justice Maureen McKenna Goldberg

Executive Director and President of MPGRI, Travis Escobar states “We have organized a talented and diverse team that loves Rhode Island. Millennials have been dealt a bad economic hand. This team is going to empower the word ‘millennial’, our generation, and this state. I am excited for what the future holds.”

MPGRI is also thrilled to learn that the “Stay Invested in Rhode Island Wavemaker Fellowship” program has been included in the state budget bill approved by the House Finance Committee. This legislation proposed by Rep. Christopher R. Blazejewski and Sen. Ryan W. Pearson creates a tax credit program to help pay the student loans of Rhode Islanders working in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) sectors. The credits would be capped at $1,000 a year for those with an associate’s degree, $4,000 for those with a bachelor’s and $6,000 for those with post-graduate degrees. The credit may be carried over for up to four years. To qualify, a taxpayer must be a full-time employee of a Rhode Island-based company working in life, natural or environmental sciences; computer, information or software technology; advanced mathematics or finance; engineering; industrial design or another commercially related design field; or medicine or medical device technology. MPGRI helped bring young voices to the forefront to testify at committee hearings about the importance of alleviating student loan debt and is excited that our elected officials have answered our call to action.

“This is true leadership at the State House. While the political rhetoric has expanded to include an emphasis on retaining young talent, Rep. Blazejewski and Sen. Pearson have been working behind the scenes to actually make it happen. This is a Shaq sized foot in the door to help out all millennials with crippling student loan debt. MPGRI will work to connect STEM graduates to this initiative and look forward to working with our state leaders to expand this program for other job sectors in sessions to come.” said Travis Escobar.

MPGRI officially launched in February with a recruitment event that attracted over 100 Millennials. MPGRI is dedicated to increasing the number of millennials who #ChooseRI and improving opportunities for those who make that decision.  Whether it be through supporting more business/entrepreneur friendly statewide policies or tackling the crippling student loan issues facing our generation, MGPRI wants to make sure that Rhode Island is both a destination and a home.

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