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About RISD Human Resources

We look forward to working with you.

RISD Human Resources partners with campus colleagues to attract, retain and develop a diverse workforce. We strive to enhance the experience of all employees and to foster an environment that values respect, teamwork, diversity and inclusion. Our team works proactively to create an environment that respects the whole person.

We provide comprehensive services that serve our community in the areas of:

  • benefits and well-being
  • compensation
  • talent acquisition
  • employee and labor relations
  • organizational development
  • learning and development

Meet Our Team

Hope Anderson

Human Resources Partner

Serves as primary point-of contact for Enrollment and Student Affairs, Finance and Admin including Controller’s area and ITS, RISD Museum, Legal, and Social Equity and Inclusion.

401 454-6734

Jill English

Director of Compensation and Benefits

Oversees and directs compensation, benefits, and HRIS

401 454-6124

Lizzie de Cardenas-Norton

Talent Acquisition Partner

Provides full-cycle recruitment for Campus Services and other college-wide positions

401 454-6216

Alison Douglas

Interim Associate Director, Employment Operations/Senior Human Resources Partner

Implements employment operations solutions; serves as primary point of contact for Continuing Education.

401 454-6720

Yesenia Figueroa

Human Resources Partner

Serves as primary point-of contact for Campus Services.

401 454-6256

Michael Fitzpatrick, Jr.

Director of Labor Relations

Oversees and directs labor and employee relations; serves as primary point of contact for the Marketing and Communications area.

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Melanie Gomes

Benefits Partner

Advises on and administers benefit and leave programs.

401 454-6428


Human Resources Partner

Serves as primary point-of contact for Academic Affairs, including academic departments, RISD Library, and Strategic Partnerships.

In the interim, please reach out to Michael Fitzpatrick.


Recruitment Coordinator

Provides coordination and logistical support for full-cycle recruitment processes.

Dayna Kingsland

Compensation and HRIS Analyst II

Administers, analyzes and interprets RISD’s compensation program(s) and completes related HRIS actions.

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Nicole Lemery

HR Administrative Coordinator

Provides comprehensive administrative support to the Human Resources Office

401 427-3130

Kimberly Lima

Manager, HR Info Systems (HRIS)

Manages, evaluates and monitors HRIS information needs, systems, tools, integrations and business processes.

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Alicia Luzón

Social Equity & Inclusion Partner

Develops and implements diversity programs, initiatives, and strategies to attract, hire, and retain a diverse workplace.

401 454-6760

Elizabeth Rainone

Interim Vice President, Human Resources

Leads RISD’s Human Resources team in providing comprehensive services to our faculty and staff community; serves as primary point-of-contact for the President’s Office and Institutional Advancement.

401 454-6427