Rhode Island Department of Administration Director Michael DiBiase today announced Meredith Brady – the Administrator for Planning at the Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) – has been selected as Associate Director of the Rhode Island Division of Planning.

“I believe Meredith’s unique planning, policy and financial background will serve the Division of Planning well in its continuous efforts to plan for the physical, economic and social development of the State,” said DiBiase. “We are excited to welcome her to the team, and I look forward to working with her.”

Brady, of North Kingstown, will begin her new role on Monday, July 16. As Associate Director of the Division, she will serve on the Executive Climate Change Coordinating Council (EC4) and the Energy Facility Siting Board (EFSB).

“Planning is a key piece of Rhode Island’s economic development puzzle, and I am thrilled to be joining a team intent on getting the right pieces in place to enable progress and growth,” Brady said. “This Division has a wide-ranging impact on communities, from transportation and housing opportunities to job creation and sustainable use of resources. I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the Division and its talented staff, and to work with our partners in the community to make Rhode Island a better place to work and live.”

Statewide Planning prepares and maintains plans for the physical, economic, and social development of the State and coordinates the actions of state, local and federal agencies and private individuals within the framework of the State’s development goals and policies. The Division acts as the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the State of Rhode Island and is recertified by the United States Department of Transportation every four years.

Brady has a history of successful collaboration with state and federal agencies on various strategic planning initiatives at RIDOT. She has served in many roles during her time in state government, including policy director and fiscal analyst. In addition to eighteen years of state service, Brady has worked in commercial real estate, as town planner in Bourne, Massachusetts, and with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) in Boston, Massachusetts.

Brady received her master’s degree in Planning from the University of Rhode Island along with a bachelor’s degree in Geography and Political Science from the University of Connecticut.

[From a press release]

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Bill Eccleston
Bill Eccleston

Utterly corrupt EFSB process if this person is allowed to vote on the power plant… Its been three years of hundreds of hours of testimony and thousands more of the written product. There is no way this woman can pretend she can make an informed decision. If she’s allowed to vote, this is how the corruption would work: Janet Coit, current DEM director, would be completely off the hook. As DEM director, how could she vote to approve a massive industrial project to be sited on the borderline of the second largest state forest complex in Rhode Island? But with Brady involved in the decision, its a snap. While making only the faintest effort to persuade her two colleagues to agree with her—a pure theatrical exercise—she votes against the plant. Brady, of course, votes for the plant. Who was her boss at DOT? …Peter Alviti… Whose previous job was with… Read more »