Community Relations

RISD’s office of Community Relations serves as a liaison between the college and the local business community, working to enhance, maintain and strengthen collaborative initiatives that address shared challenges and opportunities in Rhode Island and beyond.

Community Relations is focused on connecting regional employers, businesses and industry leaders with RISD’s many resources – primarily students, faculty and alumni. 

Bethany Costello, associate director of Community Relations, works closely with community and campus leaders to develop partnerships that address key economic challenges in the local marketplace, align with RISD’s priorities as a leader in art and design education, and serve to enhance positive interaction among members of the RISD and regional communities.


Bethany Costello
Associate Director  
401 709-8520 (p)
401 954-8860 (c)

Office location
210 Benefit Street, 3rd floor

8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Helpful links
Furniture Design students walk along the riverfront, carrying their projects to class.