Arianne Corrente to lead Cicilline office in RI

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Arianne Corrente, a former top aide to Providence Mayor Angel Taveras, will join Congressman David Cicilline’s staff in January as his new district director, WPRI.com has learned.

Corrente will become Cicilline’s fourth district director since he took office in January 2011. She replaces former Bristol Town Administrator Diane Mederos, who has held the job since May 2013. Former state Rep. Chris Fierro was in the position from mid-2011 to 2013, when he became chairman of the Rhode Island Board of Review. Alix Ogden, a longtime Cicilline aide, held it before him.

As district director, Corrente will be Cicilline’s top staffer in Rhode Island, coordinating with municipalities and local organizations while keeping an eye on the congressman’s political standing back home as he serves in Washington. Cicilline, 53, won re-election to a third term with 60% of the vote last month.

“I’m excited to welcome Arianne to our team as she begins her new role as my district director in Rhode Island,” Cicilline told WPRI.com in a statement. “Arianne’s commitment to public service, communications expertise, leadership skills, and sharp intellect will make her a valuable addition to our team.”

Corrente worked for Taveras in 2012 and 2013 until a staff shakeup that took place as as he launched his campaign for governor, and was widely seen as one of his savviest aides. She then worked for a time as a consultant – including as spokeswoman for Cicilline’s re-election campaign – before taking a communications job at Harvard University last summer. Before joining the Taveras staff, she was a lobbyist with the firm Advocacy Solutions.

Ted Nesi ( tnesi@wpri.com ) covers politics and the economy for WPRI.com and writes the Nesi’s Notes blog. Follow him on Twitter: @tednesi

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