The staff of RIPEC - the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council

Rhode Island Public Expenditures Council

About Us


  • John C. Simmons

  • President & CEO
  • John C. Simmons has served as the President & CEO of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council since January 2008. Prior to his appointment as President & CEO, Mr. Simmons served as Chief of Administration for the City of Providence. He has also previously served as the City of Boston's Chief Finance Officer, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for the Associated Industries of Massachusetts and Deputy General Treasurer for the State of Rhode Island. Mr. Simmons has a Master's of Public Administration from the University of Hartford and a bachelor's degree from Central Connecticut State University.
  • 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.