Denise A. Barge

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Principal Consultant, Barge & Associates, LLC Financial Portfolio Manager, RI Economic Development Corporation

Ms. Barge’s many years of executive experience have been focused primarily on community development, collaborative strategy, and administration. As Financial Portfolio Manager at the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, she works with small-to-medium-sized businesses throughout the state providing access to capital and gap financing. She also runs her own firm, Barge & Associates. Her prior positions include Executive Director of the Minority Investment Development Corporation (for profit) and the Rhode Island Coalition for Minority Investment (nonprofit) in Providence, Rhode Island. She has advocated for healthcare coverage for small businesses and promoted preventive care among women. She was formerly the Chair of the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Vice Chair of Rhode Island Housing.

A graduate of the University of California at Los Angeles, Ms. Barge has received accolades for her leadership and business achievements. The Rhode Island Small Business Administration recognized her as the Women in Business Champion of the Year in 2008 and with the District Director’s Award in 2000. Additionally, she was the recipient of the Providence Business News 2008 Business Women Award and the Urban League of Rhode Island Woman of Substance Award in 2006. Ms. Barge is an appointee of the Senate President and was elected to the Blue Cross Board of Directors in December 2009.