Director of Marketing and Communications
Kristen Cyr works with the leadership team and key staff to communicate the impact of Onward We Learn on students and families and increase the public’s understanding of the importance of college access and success. She previously worked for 12 years at the Community College of Rhode Island, where she coordinated media, developed and implemented communications and marketing campaigns, and helped tell the stories of successful students and college programs. She transitioned to that role after a career in newspapers, primarily as founding editor of the North East Independent, an award-winning weekly newspaper. She has been an adjunct instructor in the University of Rhode Island’s journalism department since 2004. A former president of the Rhode Island Press Association, she was Rhode Island’s representative on the National Council for Marketing and Public Relations District 1 Executive Council for six years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from URI.