MEET THE YDRI BOARD
2018 - 2021
YDRI is made up of an excellent diverse team of people who truly care about Rhode Island. Our board is lucky to have so many young people who have advocated on issues all throughout Rhode Island from affordable housing to public education. Our board members have proven to be and continue to be fierce voices change!
Heidi Silverio is currently attending Roger Williams Law school where she hopes to practice Human Rights law. Heidi graduated from Salve Regina University with a B.A. in Political Science. While in college she worked on issues of inclusion and diversity and helped to organize the first Empowerment March on campus. She served with City Year, teaching in an inner-city school and mentoring young brown and black girls on the importance of self-love and acceptance. As a woman of color, she believes representation is not only important but essential in today's day and age. When she is not volunteering you can find her rereading Michelle Obama's book, Becoming or trying not to fall off of her roller skates.
Jason Roias is a lifelong Providence resident that enjoys serving in his community. He’s a co-founder of Hungry Fridays, a non-profit that distributes over 150 lunches to displaced residents every Friday in Providence’s Financial District. Jason is passionate about politics and has been a part of several different political campaigns across Rhode Island. In 2018, Jason ran for City Council to represent Providence’s North End. Currently, Jason serves as the Vice President of the Young Democrats of Rhode Island.
Nuno Silva is a lifelong Rhode Islander who grew up in East Providence. After graduating from Roger Williams University with a degree in political science, he spent a couple of years working in the Boston area with at risk youths under state custody. In 2018, Nuno joined YDRI in order to become more involved with local and statewide campaigns.
National Committee Person
Kat Kerwin born and raised in Rhode Island is the youngest City Councilor in Providence history and an organizer with the RI Coalition Against Gun Violence. She attended University of Wisconsin-Madison where she worked to protect student protest and reform title IX laws across university systems. Today, her work on the Providence City Council is committed to decriminalizing sex work, defunding the police, banning cops in schools, and fighting for services in her neighborhood. When she is not politicing she is being a mom to her pup, Rigatoni she is rewatching Sex and the City or using her blender to test drive new frozen drink recipes.
National Committee Person
Rodrigo Pimentel is a DREAMer and a beneficiary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. Rodrigo grew up in East Providence, Rhode Island after coming to the United States with his parents at 10 months of age. He has rallied and organized Dreamers both in Rhode Island and Washington D.C. to push for a permanent fix for DACA recipients. As a writer, Rodrigo's commentary pertaining to immigration policy has been featured in Al Jazeera, The Guardian, and The Providence Journal. Locally, Rodrigo lobbied the General Assembly and the Governor for legislation granting undocumented immigrants driver's licenses. Due to his work on the issue, Rodrigo was asked to introduce Governor Gina Raimondo at the bill signing. Rodrigo previously worked for the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University and currently attends the University of Rhode Island as a Data Science and Psychology Major.
Director of Communications
Alex was born and raised in Warwick Rhode Island. He attended Franklin Pierce University where he graduated in 2017 with a degree in Political Science. While in college Alex served in a number of different capacities involving politics and journalism which included being credentialed to cover the 2016 Republican and Democratic National Conventions and the 2017 Inauguration. Before moving back to Rhode Island in September to work with grassroots candidates Alex served as a newspaper editor in Minnesota for close to three years where he worked with publishers and other staff to transform the news operation at two different papers.
Director of Social Media
Jonathan Vallecilla is the son of a single mother who immigrated to the United States with her 4 year old child in the early 90’s. Since then Jonathan has lived most of his life in Pawtucket. He worked his way through college and is a graduate of Rhode Island College, where he received a degree in Communications. He has been politically involved in the state and his community, running for State Representative in Pawtucket. Jonathan serves on the board of New Leaders Council RI, and the Young Democrats of Rhode Island; is currently a J.D. candidate at Roger Williams University School of Law, and hopes to practice public interest law when he graduates.