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Meet Mary Ellen Lynch – our new Program Director.

Mary Ellen became a bike commuter when she lived in Boston and discovered that the trip from home in Somerville to work in Kenmore Square was much more enjoyable on her bike than by car or train. It wasn’t far from that daily ride to her first four-day AIDS Ride from New York to Boston. Newport is tame by comparison!

During her ten years plus working in the non-profit sector, Mary Ellen has focused much of her time working with immigrants and refugees in Providence. While serving as Director of Community Outreach at Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, she developed a partnership with Recycle-A-Bike to connect newly arrived refugees with bicycles – providing them with with transportation to work and a fine way to explore their new city. Mary Ellen also served as Director of Welcoming Rhode Island, an initiative to bridge the divide between foreign-born newcomers and native-born Rhode Islanders to foster a more inclusive and welcoming atmosphere.

Most recently Mary Ellen worked with Year Up Providence helping to close the opportunity divide by assisting urban young adults with gaining access to higher education and employment. She continues to lead the “YUnited Women’s Network”, empowering lady alums of the Year Up program to inspire leadership and support community engagement. In addition to community organizing, Mary Ellen is an educator and has served as an Adjunct Instructor teaching International Relations at Quinebaug Valley Community College.

Mary Ellen has extensive experience cultivating relationships with a wide-ranging group of individuals, organizations, and corporations and looks forward to contributing to the growth of Bike Newport’s community partnerships. A Newport resident, and long-time Bike Newport supporter, she’s excited to play a leading role in building this bike friendly community.

Please join us in welcoming Mary Ellen to Bike Newport!  maryellen@bikenewportri.org.

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