Providence Parks Department
For the past decade, Wendy Nilsson’s passion has been the development of Providence’s green spaces into a network of vibrant and unique parks. In 2006, Nilsson founded the Friends of Brown Street Park, which has been cited as a national example of sustainable and innovative urban park revitalization. Six years later she established and became the founding director of the Partnership for Providence Parks, a non-profit that brings community, business, and city resources together to improve Providence’s park system. She is now the superintendent of the Providence Department of Parks. She sees her mission as redefining the ways parks are used; not only through the amenities offered and creative use of resources but also through the way that residents and community partners are brought together to create park programming and activities that engage and inspire. Nilsson has a master's degree in administration and policy from Boston University.