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The Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership provides public officials and community leaders with the tools and skills needed to make informed decisions and manage responsive organizations effectively. Our custom programs enable state and local leaders to access university-level education in innovative leadership practices while engaging in robust discussion with their peers. We’ll help identify and address the most pressing leadership challenges you face.

Gary Sasse is the Founding Director of the Hassenfeld Institute for Public Leadership.

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Report: The Human Services Workforce in Rhode Island

A new Hassenfeld Institute report, published August 2020, analyzes characteristics of the human services workforce in Rhode Island to put data behind commonly-held perceptions.

The report reveals that the human services workforce is disproportionately female, more racially and ethnically diverse than the workforce as a whole, and is a low wage industry, in spite of educational attainment.

The report was produced in partnership with the Rhode Island Coalition for Children and Families.

View the full report here
View the fact sheet here

Article: Does a Lost Economic Decade Loom for Rhode Island?

The coronavirus pandemic has already set back Rhode Island’s economic progress. In the past, Rhode Island has been slow to recover from such massive shocks. Founding Director Gary Sasse lays out the necessary policy agenda public leaders will have to take up if they wish to avoid a lost decade of economic progress in the Ocean State.

Critical steps include prioritizing education, infrastructure, and rethinking economic development practices.

Read the full article here