Virginia brings a broad knowledge of the natural resources of the town, and experience in participatory public process to the Town Council. Virginia Lee listens. She listens to all levels of government, to folks from all walks of life who live in all parts of the town and has the ability to seek a common thread and pursue it through informed balanced policy formulation and implementation. She is eager to be of service for the future benefit of the residents of Charlestown.
Virginia Lee – Town Council
Virginia loves the diversity of the people and the places of Charlestown. Ever since she was a student at URI in the 1970s, she has made a life’s work of studying, appreciating and championing the salt ponds of southern RI including Charlestown, Green Hill and Quonnie ponds and their watersheds within the town of Charlestown. She moved to Charlestown from South Kingstown about seven years ago, retired from the Coastal Resources Center at URI, and was ready to contribute to her new community. She believes in true public service, the value of democracy, and the importance of civil society.
- Masters of Science in Oceanography, Graduate School of Oceanography, University of Rhode Island, Narragansett, RI
- Bachelor of Arts in Human Ecology, Connecticut College, New London, CT
- Certificate in Conflict Mediation, Harvard School of Negotiation
- Certificate in Life Coaching, The Institute for Professional Excellence for Coaching (iPEC)
- US Program Manager at The Coastal Resources Center, University of Rhode Island (started at CRC in 1979, retired July 2012)
- Assistant Director for Marine Extension, Rhode Island Sea Grant
- Director for global capacity building, URI Coastal Resources Center
- Member of national advisory committees for US EPA and NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration)
- Co-author of 2012 report, Climate Change and Rhode Island’s Coasts
- Co-author of the Salt Pond Region Special Area Management Plan adopted by the RI CRMC
- Provided professional support to create the Salt Pond Watchers and the Salt Ponds Coalition
- Facilitated the public process to create Vision 2020 for Washington County
- Coordinated scientific research of the salt ponds for Rhode Island Sea Grant
- Researched and produced Rhode Island’s Public Access Guide to coastal areas
- Author of An Elusive Compromise: Rhode Island Coastal Ponds and Their People – a local best seller that captured the ecological history, culture, and issues of our area and set us on a path to protect the coastal ponds
- Charlestown Town Council 2014 – present
- Town Council Liaison to the Waste Water Management Commission, the Coastal Pond Management Commission, the Historical Society, the Comprehensive Plan rewrite, and the Harbor Management Plan Update.
- Member Charlestown Potable Water Working Group
- South Kingstown Town Council, Zoning Board, Conservation Commission
- South Kingstown Land Trust, Board of Trustees
- Rhode Island Aqua Fund, Board Member
- Save the Bay, Board of Directors
- Advisory Committee, Grow Smart Rhode Island
- Volunteer, Women’s Resource Center, South Kingstown, RI
- Volunteer, RI CAN Food Pantry, Charlestown, RI
- Virginia loves living in Charlestown where she enjoys sailing, kayaking, and swimming. She has two step children and three grand daughters.
- Virginia fully supports the CCA Platform for the 2016 election