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Darin Early

President & Chief Operating Officer

Darin serves as the President and COO of the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation. He plays an integral part in growing the Rhode Island economy and implementing the budget, working with the Executive Office of Commerce and the Governor’s Office, while overseeing the daily operations of the agency.

Tel: 401.278.9100 |


Lisa Lasky

Chief Financial Officer

As Chief Financial Officer, Lisa is currently responsible for team management, financial management and reporting. As the organization grows and expands the breadth of its services, her role will continue to evolve and expand as part of the core executive team.

Tel: 401.278.9100 |

Daniel Jennings

Daniel Jennings

Senior Development Manager

Mr. Jennins has more than 20 years of experience as an entrepreneur, real estate and economic development professional. Prior to joining Commerce Corporation, he spent five years in Newark, New Jersey, first as the SVP for Real Estate with the Brick City Development Corporation and most recently as Deputy Mayor for Economic Development.

Tel: 401.278.9159 |


Bill Ash

Managing Director of Financial Services

As Managing Director of Financial Services, Bill oversees the Rhode Island Industrial Facilities Corporation bond issuance (RIIFC), Rhode Island Industrial Recreation-Building Authority mortgage insurance (IRBA), Renewable Energy Fund (REF), State Small Business Credit Initiative and the Small Business Loan Fund (SBLF) programs. Bill manages the administration, business and policy decisions of the various financial services programs to assure compliance with board actions and policies.

Tel: 401.278.9100 |

Liz Tanner

Liz Tanner, Esq.

Director of Client Services

An advocate for small business owners in Rhode Island since 2005, she has dedicated a substantial portion of her career to teaching business courses and offering volunteer legal consultations at the Center for Women and Enterprise and the Rhode Island Small Business Development Center, among other institutions helping small businesses in the State. Tanner was recently nominated for the Small Business Administration’s “Women in Excellence” award for her volunteer efforts to assist small businesses throughout the State. She is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island, BA and Western New England College School of Law, JD.

Tel: 401.278.9195 |


Christopher Cannata

Client Services Administrator

During his nine-year tenure at the corporation, Christopher has held various positions in business development and financial services. In his current role in client services, Christopher works directly with Rhode Island businesses to deliver programs and services to encourage their growth and expansion. As part of this, Christopher provides assistance ranging from business plan development, access to capital, regulatory issues, workforce development, as well as identifying applicable state and federal tax credits.

Tel: 401.278.9117 |

Victor Barros

Victor Barros, Jr.

Client Services Advisor

Victor Barros, Jr., a seasoned member of the staff with a strong passion for Rhode Island’s small business community; a well-rounded economic development professional with 19 years of experience assisting companies with a variety of issues from business plan development to access to capital to tax credit eligibility. He has work with companies on a multitude of business development issues, challenges and growth opportunities.

Tel: 401.278.9137 |


Doris Blanchard

Client Services Advisor

Doris is an accomplished Economic Development professional, with vast experience in public affairs and community relations. She has experience in multicultural social marketing, coalition building, business planning, nonprofit management and public policy. She is the recipient of the Small Business Administration’s 2011 Rhode Island Financial Services Champion of the Year award.

Tel: 401.278.9127 |

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