Elizabeth Pasqualini

Executive Director, Johnnycake Center of Westerly


Lives in Ashaway


Liz grew up in North Stonington, CT and graduated from Smith College in 2008 with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Upon graduation, she started working at the Johnnycake Center as Special Assistant to the President, then worked as Social Services Associate, and later served as office manager and volunteer coordinator. In 2010, she was named Executive Director and just one week later, led this organization through its handling and response of the historic flood. Liz was challenged with responding to community needs while addressing a severely flood damaged facility. Her rapid and effective decision making, coupled with her steely determination, allowed the Johnnycake Center to continue serving its clients, even while it was pumping out water from its basement and drying client files. Liz’s commitment and dedication increased awareness of the services of this center, and led to increased donations. She manages a staff of 21 and oversees food distribution and social services to over 3,300 local residents.

She is a Founding Member of the Washington County Long Term Recovery Committee, and Co-Chair of Washington County Basic Needs Network subcommittee on Transportation and Education and Training. She is a member of the Agency Advisory Committee of the Rhode Island Community Food Bank. She is a member of the Westerly-Pawcatuck Young Professionals Network Advisory Committee and Community Service Committee.

Liz is recently engaged and is a resident of Ashaway.


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