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Arnold B. Chace Jr.

Arnold B. Chace, Jr. is the founder and managing partner of Cornish Associates, the developer and manager of the ten buildings that make up the Westminster Street Lofts in downtown Providence. In addition, he is the managing general partner of Mashpee Commons, L.P. Originally given the responsibility of managing the disposition of New Seabury Shopping Center in Mashpee, MA on Cape Cod, Buff led the repositioning of this property into Mashpee Commons, a thriving mixed-use town center based on the traditional development patterns of historic New England towns. With more than 30 years’ experience as a real estate developer, investor, financial advisor, and urban planner, Buff brings a wide-range and diverse amount of knowledge and understanding to the art of place-making.

Buff’s vision for a thriving downtown Providence and belief in the power of collaboration has transformed an area of blighted buildings into businesses and residences and created a true downtown neighborhood. Passionate about downtown Providence as not just an investor and neighborhood builder, but as a community resident, Buff sees the infinite potential in Providence as a thriving and competitive 21st century city.

Buff is currently the chairperson of the Downtown Providence Parks Conservancy and a member of the Executive Committee of the Providence Foundation, as well as an inaugural member and Fellow of the Congress for New Urbanism. In addition, he is a director emeritus for GrowSmart RI and a trustee emeritus of Trinity Repertory Theatre.

Steve Durkee

Steve is excited to be living, working and playing in the Downcity neighborhood. An architect, Steve founded Durkee Brown Architects before joining Cornish Associates in 2010 to help with the mission to make Providence one of the great urban places in America. When he’s not enjoying life in Downcity, he’s helping grow transit in RI as a board member of the RI Public Transit Authority. Steve was the chair of the Providence City Plan Commission for 14 years.

Kimberly Haskins

Kimberly, a CPA from Chicago, joined Cornish in 2005 as the controller. She oversees the accounting, financial reporting and cash management of Cornish and all of its Downcity Providence properties. Often behind the scenes, Kimberly has been a constant cheerleader for the revitalization of Downcity.

Joanna Levitt

Joanna joined Cornish Associates in 2007 as the director of commercial leasing and marketing. Working with retailers and restaurateurs, Joanna is responsible for tenanting Cornish’s commercial properties in Downcity Providence, as well as managing the co-operative neighborhood marketing group InDowncity. As part of promoting the Downcity neighborhood, Joanna organizes large-scale festivals, such as Taco Fest and the weekly outdoor movie series Movies on the Block. She has her eyes on all aspects of the company’s street level activity.

Jason Bouchard

Jason joined Cornish in 2014 in the accounting division, Jason handles payables and billing for Cornish and its Downcity Providence properties. A native of central Connecticut, Jason has lived in Rhode Island since earning his bachelor’s degree in historic preservation from Roger Williams University. He has developed a diverse, decade-long career in retail, tourism, and hospitality management while working for well-known companies and institutions in Rhode Island.

Outside of the office, Jason is a perpetual coffee drinker and frequents the many cafes that dot Providence. He splits his time between Providence and Newport – where he has been active in the preservation community.

Tammy Reese

Tammy, a CPA, joined Cornish in 2014 as the assistant controller. She has over fifteen years of accounting experience, which has primarily been in public accounting as an auditor. Tammy prepares the monthly financial statements and assists with the daily accounting, financial reporting and cash management of Cornish and all of its Downcity Providence properties.

A native Oregonian, Tammy has lived in all four corners of the U.S. and has lived in Rhode Island now for over 10 years. She enjoys watching Providence continue to grow and become a greater city year after year. Tammy is an advocate for several local non-profit organizations and is passionate about health and wellness.

Ashley Symons

Ashley joined the Cornish team in early 2018 as the Marketing Assistant for InDowncity overseeing the social media and web presence for the marketing group, and assisting with events like Taco Fest and Movies on the Block. Ashley comes to Cornish with 10-years of social media, content marketing, and event planning experience for a national coffee brand. A Kalamazoo, Michigan native, she has lived on the East Coast for a decade and now resides in Pawtucket. She can often be found taking photos of food, drinks, and happenings around Providence.

Sarah Welesko

Sarah joined the Cornish team in 2018 as the Executive Assistant. She previously worked for the City of Providence’s Office of Economic Development and the United States Senate in Washington, D.C. Sarah graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2012 with a degree in Sociology.

Nabrissa Alves

Nabrissa graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2016 with a degree in Communications. At Cornish Associates, she manages all of the company’s administrative needs. Her time is split between office administration and assisting the accounting team. As native of Providence, Rhode Island, Nabrissa is passionate about the city’s future and enjoys being part of a team working together to enrich the city’s cultural fabric. Her long time residence on the city’s East Side has given her a true appreciation for the power of neighborhood and community.