Who

The Providence Streets Coalition is an alliance of 41 community organizations, local businesses, schools, neighborhood associations, and thousands of engaged individuals advocating for people-friendly streets in Providence. We support providing safer streets, more transportation choices, and policies that advance mobility justice to improve safety, equity, sustainability, prosperity, health, and quality-of-life in our city and region.

Contact us at info@ourstreetspvd.org.


Join us as an Organizational Member! 

Members are actively involved in the Coalition and dedicate some of their time, energy, and expertise to ensuring voices in their communities are engaged in the process of getting Providence moving on streets built to share. Email Liza if interested in becoming a member.

When called upon, Coalition members will be vocal proponents of rebuilding our roads in ways that improve health equity, the local economy, our neighborhoods’ quality of life, the resilience of our local environment, and the safety of all people using the streets.

2023-2024 Members: 

 

Staff

Liza Burkin, Lead Organizer. Liza is a transportation policy analyst and urban planner, community organizer, writer, and gardener. She is also on the organizing team for Providence Bike Jam (PBJ), a social group ride / mobile dance party that happens on the last Friday evening of every month. Get in touch with Liza.

Dylan Giles, Operations Manager. A community organizer, marketing professional, and ride-or-die bike jammer, Dylan Giles joined the Providence Streets Coalition full time in July, 2024 to become Operations Manager focusing on expanding and strengthening PSC’s advocacy and tapping into new networks and resources, with the goal of deepening PSC’s work and uplifting the community. Originally from Raleigh, NC, Dylan earned a Journalism Certificate from the Indiana University School of Journalism and a B.S. in Ballet Performance from IU Jacobs School of Music, before moving to the Ocean State in 2011 to begin his career with Ballet Rhode Island where he worked as an artist, marketing director, and box office manager. Inspired by the community of mobility advocates and leaders, Dylan is excited to continue learning from talented colleagues to advocate for safe, equitable, and reliable transportation options. He can usually be found riding his bike to or from getting tacos.

 

Val Reishuk, Organizer is a car-free retired teacher who lives in Fox Point. Val is thrilled to be able to devote most of her time to her twin advocacy passions: mobility justice and gun sense legislation. You’ll find her on the bird app as @reishuk. Big “dog mom” energy, but she doesn’t have a dog right now.

Cedric Ye, Intern. Hi friends! I’m a high school student living in Providence, and I’ve been very passionate about active mobility and public transportation for most of my life. I don’t have a driver’s license, so I primarily get around with RIPTA for school commutes and travel around the state and cycle for travel within the Providence metro. I had a seven-year-old’s love for trains that never went away, which resulted in me learning about how closely transportation is tied with safety, social equity and climate change; since then, I’ve been passionate about trying to improve the safety and viability of alternative transportation options in our state. I have already been advocating with PSC for the past two years as a COG member, and I’ve always respected and admired the incredible work by PSC’s staff throughout the years; I am so excited and grateful for the opportunity to intern with PSC’s amazing staff and get even more involved with this incredible organization.

Uchechi Anaba, Intern. Bawoni everyone! My name is Uchechi (oo-CHAY-chee) Anaba and I am one of the lovely interns for PSC this summer. I am a college student interested in urbanism and its interaction with racial justice. I’m excited to work with the Coalition because I want to step out of my comfort zone and be more proactive learning about and being more engaged in the going ons of Rhode Island. As a young adult, it definitely feels intimidating recognizing that there are so many moving parts to making change, but organizations like PSC definitely give me hope and show me how everyday people come together to ensure their concerns are being addressed. As a result I firmly believe that there will be a day where streets are safe and accessible for all. It’s all just a matter of when…and how!

 

David Aguirre, Street Team is an artist and educator in the Providence Public Schools who enjoys repairing old bicycles, making art, and riding around exploring new places. Living in Providence, he notices how for a small city, car drivers here are as reckless and dangerous as they are in big cities. His hope is that by bringing attention to people walking, skating, and biking, the neighborhood streets can become more friendly and safer for everyone on them.

 

Kenya Fullen, Street Team is a lifelong Providence resident and member of the PSC Street Team. She’s a passionate community advocate who operates on the belief that those with the strongest support system and resources are the ones who are best able to make through life’s challenges. A graduate of the University of Rhode Island, Kenya is now pursuing a master’s degree in community development from Roger Williams University. Kenya is also the owner of People’s Social Service Consulting, which has a mission of empowering marginalized communities to help improve better quality of life.

 
Stevent A. Cleto Garcia, Street Team was born and raised Dominican in New York City. He speaks three languages, English, Spanish, and Italian. From a young age, he’s enjoyed the greenways of New York City to bike as a mode of transport. Recently graduated from Wheaton College, MA, Stevent has transferred and settled in the Pawtucket area, and is excited to get to know, and share the passion and mission of making our Providence streets safer. Interests: Languages, Cooking, Social Justice Work. Excited to see you all out there!

 

Former Members – We Miss You!

 

JanCarlos “Sid” Terrero was the leader of the PSC Street Team from 2020-2023. He is an Afro-Latinx, Non-Binary Artist from Providence. He creates music, animations, videos, clothing and events within our local art scene which relies heavily on all methods of transportation. As a resident of PVD, he supports the PVD Great Streets plan and its efforts to improve the infrastructure/quality of our streets. He believes the streets are for the people.