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Nicole Renzulli, grew up in Cranston and has called the City home for a total of almost three decades. Nicole attended Stone Hill and Hope Highlands Elementary Schools, Western Hills Middle School, and graduated from Cranston High School West in 2002, where she was an All-State runner and Honors student. She went on to pursue her Bachelor of Arts with a degree in English and a minor in Communications at Florida State University, where she was also a Division I runner. Nicole began a career as an associate producer at a local news station in Tallahassee, before moving back to Cranston to be closer to her family. Going on to work at Rhode Island’s Office of the Health Insurance Commissioner as an Administrative Officer and later a Principal Planning and Program Specialist, Nicole quickly learned the ins and out of government, organizing communication at high levels and working closely with various State departments. Currently, Nicole is the Facility Coordinator for Body Rock Fitness & Nutrition, where she ensures Covid Regulation Compliance. Nicole is also a Track & Field and Cross-Country Coach at Western Hills Middle School and Cranston High School West, where she has found her calling: coaching and mentoring student-athletes.
Nicole is the dedicated mother of three children, Anthony, 11, and 4-year-old twins, Francesca and Jovanna, and wife of Cranston native Joe Martins. She is proud to work and raise her family in the same great City where she and her husband grew up. An active volunteer, Nicole is a Coach for the CLCF Panthers Cross-Country, Indoor, and Outdoor Track & Field teams, and serves on the non-profit’s Board as CLCF’s Director of Fundraising. She is incredibly involved in her children’s education and has been an active member of Woodridge Elementary School’s PTO, serving as its Vice President for two years. Nicole has also spent several years working closely in the community with Ward 4 Councilman Ed Brady, feeding and clothing the homeless through the RI Dream Center, collecting thousands of toys for Toys for Tots, and giving back to their high school as members of the Cranston West Alumni Association.
In her role as Citywide Councilwoman, Nicole is committed to planning for Cranston’s future without losing the perspective of past leaders, like Mayor Allan Fung, who have made Cranston the safe, fiscally stable community it is today. Her goal is to dive deeply into the issues of constituents, put herself in the shoes of stakeholders on those issues, and be a voice for all citizens of Cranston. Nicole believes that as a city with an increasingly diverse population, we need to emphasize how we will engage, serve, and partner with all of Cranston’s citizens, so that we can all share in the City’s progress and growth as a unified, vibrant community. Nicole emphasizes maintaining the City’s sound infrastructure and fiscal integrity, while effectively delivering quality, inclusive public education, superior public safety, suitable housing, and other vital services that focus on quality of life and keep Cranston a wonderful place to live and do business.
As a newcomer to politics, Nicole is hopeful her bi-partisan mindset will help her to align council members and focus on working together as a high-performing team that is solution-oriented, rather than party-oriented.
"I am NOT a politician - I am a public servant. I am a parent. I am a problem solver. Being raised here, I know that our values run deeper than party politics.
My only agenda is to make Cranston a great place for all people to live and do business."