Two Decades of Community Leadership

Nellie has deep roots in Rhode Island. Her commitment to serving our community can be seen in the wide number of organizations she has helped lead including: United Way of Rhode Island, the Women’s Fund of Rhode Island, Salve Regina University, Providence Chamber of Commerce – Innovation Providence Committee, RI Free Clinic, Gateway Healthcare, Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, and the Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee. She is the Founding President of the Rhode Island Latino Civic Fund. Nellie’s leadership has been recognized by many, including the Providence Business News which named her 2009 Woman to Watch in Government, Social Services and Education. In 2013 she received the César Estrada Chávez Award Committee as well as the Latino Public Radio Community Excellence Award.

We've included below a sampling of articles on Nellie or by Nellie that refer to her work in Rhode Island for more than two decades:

Past Accomplishments

Five Questions With: Nellie M. Gorbea

Back in 2012 Providence Business News sat down with Gorbea to discuss the housing market in Rhode Island, when she was executive director of HousingWorksRI. 


Nellie M. Gorbea is executive director of HousingWorks RI, a coalition of nearly 140 organizations with the goal of making sure Rhode Island has enough affordable homes to satisfy the need.

Earlier this week, the organization issued a report that analyzed data on the state’s foreclosure problem and its implications for housing in the Ocean State.

2009: Gorbea earns Providence Business News - Business Women Award

In April 2009, Nellie was named a "woman to watch" as part of the Providence Business News Business Women Awards program.  Nellie and the other 13 awardees were selected from nearly 100 nominations for their career success.  

To read the original announcement Click Here. 

2006: New Senate Map Is Unfair To Latinos

An opinion piece written by Nellie Gorbea which appeared in the Providence Journal on February 6, 2002

New Senate Map is Unfair To Latinos

MEMBERS of the Latino community of Rhode Island have repeatedly testified at the legislature's public hearings on redistricting that the current plans for the Senate seats in Providence are unacceptable.

2004: Nellie Gorbea >> State Government

And then there were 10: For four years running, Providence Monthly has identified ten up-and-coming people... in such fields as business, the arts, government, and social service... ten people we believe will be names to be reckoned with in the not too distant future.  Their success is what breathes vitality into our city-state and makes Providence the wonderful Renaissance retreat it is.  We began our search for the ten a few months ago.