Representative Camille F.J. Vella Wilkinson
Member, House Committee on Judiciary
Member, House Committee on Veterans' Affiars
Member, Hosue Committee on Municipal Government
Camille F.J. Vella-Wilkinson (D) represents District 21 in Warwick. She was elected in November 2016. She serves as a member of the House Committee on Judiciary, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, and the House Committee on Municipal Government.
In her inaugural session, she introduced a veterans’ affairs reform law that changes the veterans' services strategic plan advisory committee to provide effective support for veterans and to collaborate and coordinate existing state, federal, and private veterans' services to meet and exceed the needs and expectations of Rhode Island veterans and their families.
Representative Vella-Wilkinson previously served three terms on the Warwick City Council, from 2011 to 2016, with two terms as finance chairwoman. She was a state commissioner on the Rhode Island Commission for Human Relations from 1999 to 2016. She has also served as the City of Warwick Veterans liaison from 2011 to 2016.
In 2016, she was honored with the Legislator of the Year award from the Disabled American Veterans, the YMCA Woman of Achievement award and the American Legion Post 43 Auxiliary Female Veteran of the Year award.
She is an alumna of the URI Schmidt Labor Research Center and Leadership Rhode Island (2006), a member of American Legion Post 43, Military Officers Association of America and St. Benedict’s Daughters of Isabella Circle 423.
A retired Navy officer, she is self-employed as a work-readiness coach. She graduated from St. Edmund High School in Brooklyn in 1974. She received a bachelor’s degree in English and psychology from Long Island University in 1979. She received her master’s degree in labor relations from the University of Rhode Island and juris doctor degree from Roger Williams University in 2006.
Representative Vella-Wilkinson was born on Dec. 29, 1956. She is married to Kenneth and they have one child, Ian. Her website is vellawilkinson.com.
786 Church Ave.
Warwick, RI 02889