Ruth Feder, of East Greenwich, has been appointed Executive Director of the Mental Health Association of Rhode Island. Feder is also the president of the board of directors of Cove Homes, Inc., dedicated to developing affordable housing, and vice-chair of the board of commissioners of the East Greenwich Housing Authority. She also sits on the boards of the Rhode Island Disability Law Center and School One.

Feder previously served as an attorney for the State of Rhode Island’s Office of the Mental Health Advocate. She is a graduate of Bowdoin College and holds a Master of Social Work degree from Boston University and a Juris Doctor degree from Suffolk University Law School.

The mission of the non-profit Mental Health Association of Rhode Island, which is celebrating its 100th year, is to promote mental health, prevent mental illness, reduce stigma, and improve the state’s system of mental health care. This is achieved through education, advocacy, and the dissemination of research. The Mental Health Association of Rhode Island is an affiliate of Mental Health America.