Staff

Aaron M. Hertzberg

Executive Director

Phone: (401) 725-4400

ahertzberg@pawtucketfoundation.org


Aaron Hertzberg is the executive director of the Pawtucket Foundation, a nonprofit advocate and catalyst for downtown riverfront and transportation gateway enhancements in Pawtucket, Rhode Island. At the Pawtucket Foundation he works to build public-private partnerships to increase business development resources, market development opportunities and reshape the city’s downtown and riverfront corridor. He is known as a passionate leader that believes that increasing residential density, providing multi-modal transportation choices and building activity clusters will restore downtowns and revitalize urban communities.

Hertzberg holds a master's degree in public affairs from the Taubman Center for Public Policy at Brown University and an undergraduate degree in urban studies from the University of Minnesota. He serves on the board of the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor, Pawtucket Business Development Corporation, Northern Rhode Island Chamber of Commerce, and on the technology committee for the Boys and Girls Club of Pawtucket.

Prior his work with the Pawtucket Foundation, he worked as the project manager at Sustainable Racine, in his hometown of Racine, Wisconsin. During his time with the organization, Hertzberg successfully coordinated neighborhood improvement programs, a community wide vision session, a 50th Anniversary Sister-Cities celebration, community awards programs, fundraisers and annual community volunteer outings. He graduated from the Leadership Racine program in 2005 and was an active board member of the Young Professionals of Racine.

Hertzberg is an avid soccer fan and enjoys traveling and hiking. He lives in Pawtucket with his wife, Carie who is the executive director of Rhode Island Campus Compact and their adorable daughter, Jane.

Rachel Brask Hutchinson

Communication Design Specialist

Phone: (401) 725-4400
rbrask@pawtucketfoundation.org


Rachel Brask Hutchinson, born in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, received her bachelor’s of arts degree in Art from Houghton College in 2006, with concentrations in graphic design and painting. She also minored in Writing, Spanish and Environmental Stewardship. In addition to her studies, she also was involved as the Social Chair and Publicity Coordinator for the Houghton Artists Guild, Design Editor for The Houghton Star newspaper, and volunteered with a youth outreach organization in Allegany County, NY. She participated in an off-campus environmental study program in Star Lake, NY. During several service-learning trips abroad to Honduras and Costa Rica, she assisted as an English-Spanish translator. Rachel continued to work after graduation as Assistant Graphic Designer in the department of Public Relations at Houghton College. Rachel has served with AmeriCorps ABLE (AmeriCorps Builds Lives through Education) as a Youth Director placed with a non-profit youth organization, Southern Tier YFC in Wellsville, NY. During her term of service with AmeriCorps, Rachel organized and marketed educational and fundraising events for the organization, in addition to planning and coordinating youth activities. She also served as a youth mentor.

After her time with AmeriCorps was completed, Rachel returned to her native Southeastern Massachusetts/Rhode Island area. She volunteered as a graphic design intern at the Providence Children’s Museum and as a teaching assistant for Providence CityArts for Youth. She began her own visual arts studio, Rachel Brask Artworks. Her private work has included start-up business designs and painting commissions. Rachel is a member of the Pawtucket Arts Collaborative, Graphic Artists Guild and the AIGA. When she is not designing, she can be found creating oil paintings rich in tone and texture at her studio and seeking ways to inspire youth to express themselves in artistic mediums. In 2009, Rachel accepted a position incorporating her love of working with children as a teacher and director for a before- and after-school program called Champions, where she continues to be involved.

Rachel loves good coffee, conversation and helping others. In April 2011, Rachel married her husband, Peter Hutchinson, an Upstate New York native and graduate of Houghton College, Department of Communications.

Christine M. Sullivan

Director of Development

Phone: (401) 725-4400
Christine Sullivan received her Bachelor of Science degree in Education and Psychology, along with a Certificate in Learning Disabilities, from Curry College. While raising her four children she remained active in many community and educational fundraising efforts along with engaging in several small business ventures. Christine brings to the Pawtucket Foundation over 20 years non-profit experience in development and fundraising.

Most recently she served as Executive Director of the Forbes House Museum where she provided leadership and direction for the organization, established a comprehensive development program, and raised public awareness to insure financial stability. Today, she remains involved in many development efforts at the Brimmer and May School of Chestnut Hill, MA, is a member of Women in Development of Greater Boston and is co-chair of Programs on the Board of the Milton Historical Society.

Christine always enjoys the opportunity to meet new people and she has a professional style that is based on personal communication and collaboration. Though not from Rhode Island, she is very familiar with the area through family members and is thrilled to see the preservation of historic mills and revitalization of the riverfront and downtown areas.

She enjoys spending time with her family, traveling, cooking and pursuing her interests in Historic Preservation and Decorative Arts.

Joseph Sandmann

Program Coordinator

Phone: (401) 725-4400
jsandmann@pawtucketfoundation.org

 


Joe Sandmann received his Bachelor of Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati, receiving multiple awards and scholarships for his work. Through UC’s Cooperative Education program, he has 16 months of internship experience, including placements in Ohio, Colorado, and Maryland. During that time, Joe worked for two municipalities, two non-profit organizations, and an architecture firm on various downtown, riverfront and transportation planning projects. His most recent experience was with the Community Design Center in Cincinnati, where he helped produce a comprehensive plan for Cincinnati’s East End neighborhood.

Outside of his studies, Joe was active on campus as a member of the UC Student Planning Organization and president of the club soccer team. In his two years as president, he led the team to its most successful season in club history and significantly increased fundraising. Between his professional experiences and operating the team, Joe has developed a particular interest in community engagement, programming and team building. His strengths include urban design, infographics and photography.

In addition to his interest in soccer, Joe is an avid rock climber, camper, and traveler.


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