Betsy is the Director of Student Development at the Swearer Center for Public Service and an Assistant Dean of the College. She serves as a member of the Board of Generation Citizen and as a Board member of City Year. Betsy and her son, Daniel, lead a chess club at the D'Abate School each week.

Boards & Commissions

Generation Citizen
Board Chair From June 2014 to June 2017
City Year Providence
Board member, Chair Nominating Committee Since June 2014
RI Board of Regents for Elementary and Secondary Education
Regent From June 2008 to June 2013
Youth in Action
Board chair Since June 2004


Edward Guiliano Global Fellowship - 2018
Social Welfare Policy
Work with local, city and regional leaders to assess, review, collaborate and influence social welfare policy

Research Interests

Community/Economic Enrichment Education Poverty Social Justice

GivePulse Stats


  • BrownEngage

  • Bonner Community Fellowship

  • The Swearer Center

  • Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island

  • H20 After School Programs

  • William D'Abate Elementary School/D'Abate Community School

  • Learning Exchange

  • Staff

  • President's Staff Advisory Council

  • Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

  • College Advising Corps at Brown University

  • Perspectives Corporation

  • The Arc of Blackstone Valley

  • House of Hope

  • Swearer Center Community Partners

  • Impacts

    Community Corps - BEAM
    William D'Abate Elementary School/D'Abate Community School

    Today our chess team had our first match....against the Wheeler School. It was pretty intimidating for our team to walk into such a well resourced private school. The kids were pretty amazed by the upscale bathrooms and the facility. This was their first match but they held their own, despite nerves and the fact that Wheeler's team is the best in the state. After the match, Daniel noted that our team "had no chance" because the Wheeler students' parents play chess and sign their children up for private lessons. I reminded him that this was his own experience with chess and the match gave us opportunity to reflect on our privilege.

    Gave 2.00 hours on 02/01/2017 with Community Corps - BEAM

    This Impact is private

    William D'Abate Elementary School/D'Abate Community School