Board of Directors


Juan Carlos Payero

Board President

Juan Carlos Payero is proud to have been chosen as the founding Board Chair of Conexion Latina Newport (CLN).  Juan Carlos comes to CLN as a Program Director at Social Enterprise Greenhouse.  In his role, he develops and executes programming for social entrepreneurs in Newport and the surrounding communities. He experienced in building and expanding programs at various nonprofits, primarily in the social service and educational fields. He holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from St. John’s University and a Master of Public Administration degree from Baruch College, City University of New York (CUNY).  Juan Carlos is also active in the greater community and serves as Vice-Chairperson on the Portsmouth School Committee, a Board member of the Newport Partnership for Families, and is an active Freemason.

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Bari Freeman

Board Vice President

Bari Freeman is the founder and executive director of Bike Newport - the bicycle advocacy organization that works to create the conditions that lead to more people biking more often, and to ensure that bicycling is a viable, safe and comfortable primary choice for transportation and recreation. Prior to Bike Newport, Bari has a long history in nonprofit management and communications working with national organizations including Planned Parenthood Federation, the ACLU, and Americans for Fairness in Lending to build collaborations and to optimize resources. At Bike Newport, Bari facilitates productive collaboration with the city, schools, police department and businesses. Bari currently serves on the state’s Transportation Advisory Committee and Highway Safety Planning Committee, the City of Newport’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission, the Newport HEZ Green and Urban Spaces Group, the Newport HEZ Transportation Work Group, and the Board of Conexion Latina Newport. She is a graduate of Princeton University with a degree in Anthropology.


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