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United Way Announce Major Promotions and Hires – Bennett, Chapman and Tan

Saturday, November 05, 2016


Kyle Bennett

United Way of Rhode Island (UWRI) has added to their Community Investment team by naming a new Director of Public Policy and Research, promoting a staff member and adding a new project manager. 

Kyle Bennett, of Cranston, has been named Director of Public Policy and Research, while Jennifer Chapman, of Providence, has been promoted to Project Manager, Data and Grants Administration, and Sophie M. Tan, also of Providence, joins UWRI as Project Manager, Workforce Development.

UWRI’s Community Investment staff is responsible for evaluating grant applications and making funding recommendations to respond to community needs, and reviewing performance reports from grantees to ensure donor gifts are achieving lasting community change. 

Kyle Bennett 

Bennett has had numerous positions with United Way, most recently serving as Director of Annual Campaign before assuming his role as Director of Public Policy and Research. 

In his new position, Bennett and his team are responsible fore developing, implementing and evaluating UWRI’s public policy and advocacy arena to address unmet needs in the community, working closely with elected officials and having a presence at the State House. 

 A resident of Cranston, Bennett studied electrical engineering at North Carolina A&T State University and will obtain his B.A. from Rhode Island College in December 2017.

Jennifer Chapman 

Jennifer Chapman

Chapman has been promoted to Project Manager, Data and Grants Administration. She previously held the role of Data and Grants Administrator. 

She is responsible for managing the organization’s competitive grant process from beginning to end, including the development of requests for proposals, program and project contracts, reporting systems and the dissemination of data reports. 

Chapman also oversees the Olneyville Fund, from which UWRI has invested more than $3.1 million in the neighborhood it calls home in support of collaborations and special projects that address community needs.

She holds a B.A. from the University of Minnesota—Twin Cities, and a Postgraduate Diploma in Systems Analysis/Database Development from the University of Derby in England.

Sophie Tan 

Sophie Tan

Tan is the newest member of UWRI’s Community Investment, joining the organization as project manger, workforce development. 

In her role, Tan will move forward the work of UWRI’s Adult Education Project, managing a portfolio of adult education and workforce development grantees and initiatives while representing Untied Way to the Governor’s Workforce Board. 

Prior to coming to United Way, Tan spent seven years with the Institute for Labor Studies and Research with its Workplace Adult Education Project. 

Tan is a resident of Providence and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Rhode Island School of Design. She has also studied undergraduate courses in Sociology and Spanish Language at the University of North Carolina at Asheville; graduate courses in Immigration Studies at Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico in Mexico City, Mexico; and completed the Core Certificate Program at the Institute for Nonprofit Management and Leadership at Tufts University, Tisch College of Civic Life. 


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