Taino J. Palermo, EdD
Program Director of Community Development
Roger Williams University, School of Continuing Studies

Taino Palermo’s work as an education and nonprofit leader over the past decade has focused on community and economic development, urban education and neighborhood revitalization. He founded the Breath of Fresh Air Gallery for teen artists in Syracuse, New York and co-founded the Latino Professional Network of Syracuse. He provided leadership in evolving this network of more than 2,000 Latino professionals in upstate New York into the Upstate Minority Economic Alliance (UMEA). UMEA is the first minority chamber of commerce in upstate New York.

Dr. Palermo has a personal and professional history of advocating for underrepresented communities and urban youth. He earned his doctorate in educational leadership. He was the 2013 recipient of the New York State “40 Under 40 Rising Latino Stars” award. He was the 2014 recipient of the National Action Network’s Bea Gonzalez Award in recognition of his leadership and advocacy on behalf of Latino communities in Syracuse.

Dr. Palermo currently is the Program Director for both the Community Development and Healthy Communities degree programs in the School of Continuing Studies at Roger Williams University in Providence, Rhode Island. He was appointed to serve as a member of the Governor’s Overdose Task Force and chair the Commission for Health Advocacy and Equity for the state of Rhode Island. He also is a member of several local and national boards for housing, education and health organizations, including the Board of Governors for Miriam Hospital in Providence.