Cianci Names Cyd McKenna Campaign Manager
Friday, August 01, 2014
McKenna who once worked for Cianci in his policy office, has a dazzling resume and is a big get for the Cianci campaign. She maybe the perfect leader of a campaign focused on rebranding Providence under a new Cianci administration.
"After a long search - I interviewed a lot of people - I went with Cyd for a number of reasons, one of which because I've worked with her," said Cianci in an interview with GoLocal.. "Not only does she know the City, she has the attributes and characteristics of a person who can pull the campaign together and make it happen. She's been on for about two weeks. I have the utmost confidence in her ability and character."
McKenna earned Master's degrees from both MIT and Harvard and has been seen on photoshoots with Elizabeth Hurley and once wrote a book with Giovanni Feroce for Alex and Ani.
"Cyd is an extremely positive individual that adds value to any situation. I found her depth of knowledge in politics and business refreshing in a field often lacking real world experience," Feroce told GoLocalProv.
"I'm excited to be running Buddy's campaign. I believe in Buddy and everything he's done for Providence, and his leadership now is what is needed to take Providence to the next level," said McKenna in a phone interview with GoLocalProv.
"I was born and raised in Providence -- my dad, Leonard Anderson, as a civil rights worker in South Providence in the '70s and '80s, and my mom worked alongside him. I'm a homegrown girl -- I grew up on the East Side and graduated from Hope High," she said.
McKenna's addition to the campaign will move Charlie Mansolillo who was the acting campaign manager over to the chairman's position. "He was holding the spot until Cyd came along, she's the one doing the nuts and bolts now," said Cianci.
Regarding her first stint with Cianci, he praised her policy work. "She was responsible for the historic preservation efforts downtown, as well as the Eagle Square project," said Cianci. "It was at the time we landmarked historic mill buildings for historic preservation," said Cianci.
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