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A Message from Our Executive Director

As an organization that was founded and is led by parents, we know first hand the injustices that the education system inflicts upon our children. We also know the power that our voices have when we come together and build collective power. PLEE is committed to design spaces where families are at the center and drive every decision we make. We will never stop fighting for the right of families to be at every decision making space and have real decision making power
Ramona Santos Torres,
Co-Founder and Executive Director of PLEE

Our Milestones

PLEE Founded

Founded in 2018, became an official 501c3 in 2021

First Funding

We received our first funding in 2019

First Office

We moved to our first office in 2020

Our Vision

Leverage

Leverage

our collective knowledge and power amongst RI families to exercise our right to advocate for high-quality and equitable public schools and for policies that impact our children.

Demand

Demand

the voice of families in education decision making at the local and state level.

Advocate

Advocate

for policies that positively impact outcomes for children of color

Collaborate

Collaborate

with other RI organizations aligned with PLEE’s mission and vision

Our Staff

Ramona Santos Torres

Co-Founder and Executive Director of PLEE

Ramona Santos Torres has been a parent advocate for over 10 years primarily working with families of students with disabilities within the school system and other systems of care.

Joselyn Ramirez

Program Manager, PLEE

Born and raised in Providence, RI to parents of Guatemalan heritage. Joselyn graduated from Classical High School and then went on to graduate from Rhode Island College with a Bachelor’s in Psychology.

Our Board

Ramona Santos Torres

Co-Founder and Executive Director of PLEE

Ramona Santos Torres has been a parent advocate for over 10 years primarily working with families of students with disabilities within the school system and other systems of care.

Stephanie Gonzalez

President of the Board of Trustees of Central Falls School Districts

Stephanie was raised in Central Falls and is the daughter of Colombian parents. She graduated from Central Falls High School and Boston College.

Karla Vigil

CEO, Equity Institute

Karla Vigil serves as the CEO and co-founder of the Equity Institute, an organization whose mission is to develop innovative systems that cultivate culturally responsive schools and communities.

Janie Segui Rodriguez

Community Organizer and Co-founder of PLEE

Janie Seguí Rodriguez recently graduated from Roger Williams University with a Master's degree in Community Development and is a candidate for Room 5 of the Pawtucket city council.

Agi Gai-Kah

PLEE Board Member

My family and I migrated from The Gambia at the age of six, initially arriving in New York City. In 5th grade, we moved to Rhode Island and planted roots in Pawtucket.