Human Resources

RISD’s faculty and staff play a critical role in fulfilling our mission to educate its students and the public in the creation and appreciation of works of art and design, to discover and transmit knowledge and to make lasting contributions to a global society through critical thinking, scholarship and innovation.

RISD Human Resources strives to provide benefits, programs and services that enable and empower our employees and community members to grow their careers, to build lasting connections and to contribute to our community in meaningful ways. As an institution, we emphasize and share the core principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, access, agency and mutual respect, both on campus and through our individual interactions in the world.


Kiana Avlon
Talent Acquisition Partner
401 454-6238

Elizabeth de Cardenas-Norton
Human Resources Partner

Alison Douglas
Human Resources Partner
401 454-6720

Jill English
Director, Compensation and Benefits

Yesenia Figueroa
Talent Acquisition Partner

Michael Fitzpatrick, Jr.
Director of Labor Relations
401 709-8507

Melanie Gomes
Benefits Partner
401 454-6428

Cassie Goryl
Human Resources Partner
401 427-6947

Dayna Kingsland
Compensation and HRIS Analyst I

Nicole Lemery
Administrative Assistant
401 454-6606

Kimberly Lima
Manager, Human Resource Information Systems
401 454-6439

Alicia Luzón
Talent Acquisition Partner
401 454-6760

Elizabeth Rainone
Interim Director of Human Resources & Director of Employment and Employee Development
401 454-6427

Deserai Wills-Smith
Recruiting Coordinator