Policy Specialist, RI Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Ian Colomer is the Policy Specialist at the Rhode Island Coalition Against Domestic Violence (RICADV), where he oversees the statewide data collection system and provides technical assistance to the RICADV’s member agencies and staff. Ian also works on policy and systems change through various committees to support victims and survivors of domestic violence. During the state legislative session each year, Ian supports the RICADV’s policy agenda, which includes monitoring legislation, creating fact sheets, and conducting advocacy at the State House. Ian recently was elected to the Board of Directors for the RI Continuum of Care, a coalition of community and state systems and providers that assist homeless and at-risk individuals in RI to obtain housing, economic stability, and an enhanced quality of life through comprehensive services and support. Ian joined the RICADV team in 2016, shortly after graduating from Roger Williams University (RWU) with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and a concentration in Anthropology and Sociology. Ian’s passion for social justice began during his undergrad years, when he participated in the creation of the Diversity Leadership Program (now the P.E.A.C.E. Program) at RWU. The program focused on mentoring underrepresented groups in their first year at university and developing programs based on inclusivity and equity. This passion for social justice continued through his professional career where he co-convenes the Domestic Violence Advocates of Color – a group of domestic violence advocates seeking to learn more about social justice and how it impacts our community and workplace.