Governor Gina Raimondo has nominated new leadership for the State Board of Education. The governor has announced several new nominees, including her pick for a new chair: Barbara Cottam.
Cottam, the Executive Vice President for Citizens Financial Group, was a founding member of Kids Count RI. She also served as press secretary under former Governor Bruce Sundlun. Cottam will replace current board chair Eva-Marie Mancuso. Her appointment must be confirmed by the State Senate.
Raimondo's other four nominees include Betsy Shimberg, a former member of the Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education, and Jim Karam the President and CEO of First Bristol Corporation, a real estate development and management company in Fall River.
The governor has also nominated Marta Martinez, executive director of the non profit Rhode Island Latino Arts and Rev. Jeffery Williams, who currently serves on the board.
The current chair of the board's K-12 Council, Patrick Guida is out. So are Matt Santos and Antonio Barajas.