Lisa Ranglin Named President & CEO of Rhode Island Black Business Association

Providence, RI – March 31, 2022 – The Rhode Island Black Business Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to advancing business opportunities and vitality of Black-owned and minority businesses and professionals in RI, today announced that Lisa Ranglin has been named President and CEO of the organization effective immediately. Lisa founded the organization in 2011 and has served as the Interim Executive Director since January of 2021.

Lisa has over twenty years of experience in the banking industries at Citizen’s Bank and Bank of America where she led large complex multi-year, multi-million-dollar projects with emphasis on technology, regulatory compliance, process improvement and organizational change management initiative. Ranglin approaches leadership from through a solution-focused lens by creating and developing teams of staff and volunteers with passion, energy, and vision. She is an alumnus of Leadership Rhode Island, holds a master’s degree from Johnston & Wales University, and is a bachelor’s degree from New England Technical College.

“Lisa Ranglin is a tremendous asset to Rhode Island and to underserved communities in the region and beyond, said Robin Peterson Gibbs, RIBBA Board Member and Senior Regional Director of Office of International Advancement at Brown University. “She has a profound understanding of the positive impact economic development has on individuals, families and communities. Thanks to Lisa’s vision, leadership and determination, RIBBA has become a powerful vehicle for social change. During the pandemic, Lisa summoned a “call to action” that was answered by local leaders from government and business and has resulted in support that will position RIBBA to have a more significant footprint and even greater impact in the future. Congratulations to Lisa on her appointment as CEO of RIBBA!”

”In the mold of Shirley Chisholm, RIBBA President & CEO, Lisa Ranglin is a powerhouse of a leader,” said Casby Harrison, Board of Director member and litigation attorney at Harrison Law Associates. “Eloquent as a public speaker, fearless as an advocate for the underserved, Lisa is a prolific fundraiser and value added business consultant, collaborator and partner. If that’s not enough, add mentor to dozens of emerging leaders, savvy business woman and advisor to elected officials. Lisa Ranglin’s torch lights the path for so many to follow to a better place.”

In 2010, Lisa Ranglin mobilized community and local leaders to come together to look at issues affecting small businesses in underserved cities. This group, led by Lisa, conducted brainstorming sessions, and did a random sampling of both individuals and businesses to help determine the priorities for effectively fostering minority small business efforts. After a detailed analysis was completed, the group recommended that the Rhode Island Black Business Association (RIBBA) be established.

Since founding the organization, Lisa has spent much of her career helping business leaders, and small businesses improve performance and increase profitability. Having knowledge of the leadership gap, she works to ensure RIBBA becomes a model for what intentional work, paired with impactful, and persistent leadership can accomplish as we work towards greater social equity and economic advancement.

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