Resigned from the Board February 2023
Leslie Taito is the Executive Vice President for Business Operations at Taco Comfort Solutions. Taco is a 100-year-old, third generation family-owned global company based in Cranston, Rhode Island that engineers and manufactures high-efficiency indoor heating, cooling and plumbing comfort systems. Using her over 25 years of management and manufacturing experience, she is responsible for Taco’s global supply chain, logistics and quality. Previously, she served as Chief of Staff at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island, and she was CEO of Hope Global, a manufacturer of textile products and engineering solutions. She was also the Director of Regulatory Reform for the Rhode Island Office of Management and Budget. She has held leadership positions as the CEO for the Rhode Island Manufacturing Extension Services, Inc., Executive Director of the Rhode Island Manufacturers Association, and Acting Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer of the Rhode Island Regional Employment and Training Board. In addition to serving on the MEP Advisory Board, Ms. Taito is a member of the Polaris MEP (the Rhode Island MEP Center) Advisory Board. She also has served by appointment of the governor on the Rhode Island Manufacturing Advisory Council and the Lean Government Initiative. Actively involved in her community, Ms. Taito has served in executive board leadership positions and as chair of the Northern Rhode Island and North Kingstown Chambers of Commerce.