The staff of RIPEC - the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council

Rhode Island Public Expenditures Council

About Us


  • Michael DiBiase

  • President & CEO
  • Michael DiBiase began serving as President & CEO of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council in January of 2020. Prior to his appointment as President & CEO, Michael served for five years as Director of Administration for the State of Rhode Island. His prior experience includes senior positions in government relations for Fidelity Investments, as well as serving as Chief of Staff for Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Almond. Michael is graduate of Boston College and University of Pennsylvania Law School.
  • Joanne Sheridan

  • Office Manager
  • Joanne Sheridan joined the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council’s team in September 2017. She is responsible for all office procedures and maintaining an amiable work environment for co-workers and associates. Joanne brings to our team over twenty years of executive support, human resources, financial management, event planning and a proven track record for enhancing processes to improve efficiency. She is currently completing her BA in English / Creative Writing at SNHU.
  • Justine Oliva, Ph.D.

  • Manager of Research
  • Justine Oliva joined the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council in October 2018. Before joining the team, Dr. Oliva earned a PhD in History from the University of New Hampshire. Her doctoral dissertation examines the interplay between political, economic, and social power in the nineteenth-century United States and was completed with support from institutions like the University of Virginia Library and the American Antiquarian Society. Dr. Oliva holds a BA in Secondary Education and History and an MA in History, both from the University of Rhode Island.
  • Amber Martin

  • Policy Analyst
  • Amber Martin joined the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council in June of 2019. Prior to joining the team Amber received her BA in Anthropology from Rhode Island College and an MS in Environmental Anthropology with a focus on Food Policy from The University of Kent. Her previous research includes urban political ecology of food, brownfield site remediation, and financial analytics. She is currently completing a MS in Data Analytics at SNHU and is interested in data driven policy analysis.