EAST PROVIDENCE, RI – The East Providence Waterfront Commission, charged with facilitating the transformation of the waterfront into a model of urban revitalization, has appointed Raymond Lavey as its new executive director.

“East Providence’s waterfront has a prodigious amount of economic development opportunity that has the potential to celebrate a harmony of urban and natural uses while also strengthening our economic and environmental sustainability – and I couldn’t be more excited to work with the Commission to see that vision through,” Ray Lavey said.

Lavey, who has more than 30 years of experience as a developer and commercial real estate loan officer, adds an owner’s perspective to managing a project and its team with acute attention to detail, cost, and responsiveness.

“Ray Lavey’s unique knowledge and insight into the various aspects of proposing a viable development, navigating through complex permitting requirements, and successfully managing diverse real estate projects from concept through construction, enhances the Commission’s charge of transforming the East Providence Waterfront into a model of urban revitalization,” East Providence Waterfront Commission Chairman William Fazioli said.

“The City looks forward to working with Mr. Lavey and the Commission on the transformation of our once industrial and vacant waterfront to a vibrant and productive place for all to enjoy,” Mayor Bob DaSilva said.

Lavey will be tasked with overseeing the coordination of all administration for the Commission as the primary liaison between the business and development community, the Commission, and its reviewing bodies.

Lavey is a graduate of Providence College and a veteran of the U.S. Navy.