Our Story

The State Society of Rhode Island (SSRI) is a 501(c)(3), nonpartisan organization in Washington, D.C., serving as a the premier resource for Rhode Islanders who live, work, or study in the nation’s capital.  Our active Board of Directors provides social, community service, cultural, and educational events to our membership, creating networking opportunities and a strong Ocean State community in Washington. 

SSRI is a member of the National Conference of State Societies (NCSS), the non-profit umbrella association for each of the 50 states and 5 territories that have an active society. SSRI works with NCSS on programming throughout the year, apart from the events that are hosted by SSRI exclusively for our members. 

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Executive Committee 

Lauren Broccoli, Chairwoman

Lauren Broccoli was born and raised in Rhode Island, where she attended St. Mary’s Academy-Bay View in East Providence. After earning her undergraduate degree at Boston University, Lauren returned to Rhode Island to attend Roger Williams University School of Law, where she earned her J.D. in 2012. She is a member in good standing of the New York Bar. 

Upon moving to DC, Lauren worked for Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI). Currently, Lauren is a lobbyist at Lewis-Burke Associates LLC, a full-service government relations firm based in D.C. specializing in higher education and research policy. Lauren is extremely passionate about preserving the unique traditions of Rhode Island in Washington, DC. and has previously served as SSRI Treasurer for the past 4 years.

Nicole Henry, Vice Chair

Nicole Henry was born and raised in Newport and Middletown Rhode Island. Upon graduating from the University of Rhode Island, Nicole became involved in Rhode Island Politics where she interned with the Rhode Island Democratic Party and worked for Senator Sheldon Whitehouse’s 2014 Senate campaign. Currently, Nicole supports the executive team at CTIA, a trade association representing the wireless industry.

In addition to her role as Vice Chair for SSRI, Nicole servers on the leadership committee of GenR DC Metro as the organization’s Communications Chair. Ever the passionate Rhode Islander, Nicole also promotes Narragansett Brewing Company in and around the District as a member of their Promotions Team.

Michael Giblin, Treasurer

Michael Giblin was born and raised in Rhode Island. Michael is a graduate of Portsmouth High School and the University of Rhode Island, where he earned his B.A. in History and M.A. in Political Science.

Michael has been actively involved in Rhode Island politics, having interned with Senator Jack Reed, worked on numerous campaigns, and served as Treasurer of the Young Democrats of Rhode Island. He moved to DC in 2013 to work in the Political Law Group at Perkins Coie, LLP. He now works in Political Affairs for the American Academy of Dermatology.

Michael has been a state society board member since 2014. He is passionate about Rhode Island's history, culture, food, and the Rhode Island Rams basketball team.

Francesca D'Andrea, Secretary

Francesca D’Andrea, a native of Cranston, spent the last three years living on the West End and East sides of Providence before moving to Washington, D.C. to complete a graduate degree in Public Administration. 

Prior to moving to D.C., Francesca graduated from Cranston High School East and then pursued a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish at the University of Rhode Island. Upon graduation, Francesca spent two years serving her community as an educator though the AmeriCorps program in the International Charter School and at Save The Bay. Continuing her focus on community service, Francesca spent the last three years working a Case Manager for adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Francesca finds civil service and community building crucial elements to her professional life and is excited to foster a sense of community for Rhode Islanders in Washington D.C. through her new role as Secretary of the SSRI Board of Directors.

Board of Directors

Chris Simeone, BGR Group

Stefan Brathwaite, TTR | Sotheby's International Realty; SSRI Communications Director

Lauren Broccoli, Lewis-Burke Associates

Amy Pellegrino, US Senate

Kristen Helmstetter, Communications Workers of America, AFL-CIO

Michael Giblin, American Academy of Dermatology

Andrew Odgren, US Senate

Jason Soules, Schafer Corporation

Andrew DiIorio, Harvard Kennedy School

Andy Cutler, Cutler and Company

Nicole Henry, CTIA

Colleen Creighton, American Association of Suicidology

Vimala Phongsavanh, National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum

Emily Brockway, Outdoor Advertisers Association of America