National Leaders

Francis MarinaccioYour community’s roads, bridges and public transit do not build themselves. Behind the scenes are people like civil engineering graduate Francis Marinaccio (’10), an assistant city engineer at the Newport, R.I. Department of Public Services.

In late September 2013, Marinaccio was selected as one of the elite few to participate in the American Public Works Association Emerging Leaders Academy. The yearlong program offers young professionals leadership and management training and accepts just 16 or so people a year.

We’re positive Marinaccio will shine in the program. While at the University of Rhode Island, he traveled to San Mateo Ixtatan, Guatemala to assist the improvised village design a rainwater runoff catchment system and bio digester for a local school. (Watch the video.)