"I'm focused on expanding opportunities for all Rhode Islanders," said Raimondo. "A good education sets our students on a path to success and unmet financial needs should not stand in their way. I am pleased Sandy has agreed to lend her time and expertise to provide solutions to expand college access and affordability."
"I am a firm believer that for our state to move forward and prosper, we need to expand the opportunity for an affordable quality education," said Matrone Mack. "As a mother of four children applying to, in, and graduated from college, I know how a successful education can impact young adults. I am honored to serve on the Student Loan Authority and hope that my background in public finance and corporate law will be helpful in this important endeavor."
Matrone Mack will be replacing Dennis Duffy who resigned from his position earlier this year.
"I also want to thank Dennis Duffy for his dedication to the state while he served on the Board of Directors, and I wish him the very best," added Raimondo.
The Rhode Island Student Loan Authority (RISLA) is a non-profit quasi-state authority which has been providing affordable higher education solutions since 1981. RISLA offers low cost state-based education loans, free admissions and financial aid assistance through the College Planning Center of Rhode Island, a free internship finder through bRIdge.jobs and financial literacy guidance at high schools and colleges throughout the State of Rhode Island. RISLA does not receive any funds from the state of Rhode Island.
Sandra Matrone Mack, Esq. is currently a partner at Cameron & Mittleman LLP. Previously she was a solicitor to the Towns of Bristol and Barrington, Rhode Island. Matrone Mack is a founder and Director of Fisher House of Boston, Inc., previously served as trustee of The Mount Hope Trust in Bristol and was an international volunteer for Sustainable Harvest International. She earned her Bachelor of Science in foreign service from Georgetown University and her Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center.