The Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council is a nonpartisan and nonprofit public policy research organization dedicated to advancing fiscally responsible government, competitive tax policies, and economic opportunities for all in Rhode Island.

Since its founding in 1932, RIPEC has worked to develop solutions to critical challenges facing the Ocean State by providing objective research and analysis. Focusing on the most pressing topics of the day, RIPEC has been at the forefront of major issues facing state and local government for 90 years.

A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt research organization, RIPEC is primarily supported through the annual contributions of its membership.

Our Mission

To advance fiscally responsible government, competitive tax policies, and economic opportunities for all in Rhode Island by providing objective and nonpartisan research and analysis.


Michael DiBiase

President & CEO

Michael DiBiase began serving as President & CEO of the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council in January of 2020. Prior to his appointment as President & CEO, Michael served for five years as Director of Administration for the State of Rhode Island. His prior experience includes senior positions in government relations for Fidelity Investments, as well as serving as Chief of Staff for Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Almond. Michael is a graduate of Boston College and University of Pennsylvania Law School.

Justine Oliva, Ph.D.

Manager of Research

Justine Oliva joined the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council in October 2018. Before joining the team, she earned a PhD in History from the University of New Hampshire. Her doctoral dissertation examines nineteenth-century American society and was completed with support from institutions like the University of Virginia Library and the American Antiquarian Society. Justine holds a BA in Secondary Education and History and an MA in History, both from the University of Rhode Island.

Jeffrey S. Hamill, Ph.D.

Public Policy Analyst

Jeffrey Hamill joined the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council in March 2023. He previously worked for twelve years as an adjunct professor of political science at Bryant University, Roger Williams University, and the Community College of Rhode Island. He received a PhD in Political Science from the University of Florida. His doctoral dissertation examines the effect electoral system changes had on citizen support for democracy in Italy and New Zealand. Jeffrey holds a BA in History and Political Science and an MA in Political Science, both from the University of Rhode Island.

Kathy Dennard

Office Manager

Kathy Dennard joined the Rhode Island Public Expenditure Council in September 2021. She has previously served as a staff member at the Rhode Island Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Director of Constituent Affairs for Governor Donald Carcieri, a Policy Advisor for Governor Lincoln Almond, and a Legislative Assistant for U.S. House Representative Edward Beard. Kathy is a graduate of Rhode Island College, where she majored in Secondary Education and Political Science.

Benefits of Membership

Help develop solutions to the major issues facing our state

Work closely with other business, civic, and community leaders to ensure that state and local governments are run efficiently, and tax dollars are invested effectively. With your support, RIPEC will continue to provide trusted and objective analyses that help shape the solutions to Rhode Island’s most important challenges.

Distinguished Public Service Awards

Every year at its Annual Meeting, RIPEC recognizes one outstanding local government employee with the Robert M. Goodrich Distinguished Public Service Award and one outstanding state government employee with the Gary S. Sasse Distinguished Public Service Award.

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