Partner – CFP- Educator
From an early age Ed Pieroni’s parents instilled in him the desire to help others, especially those less fortunate. As a student at Providence College, Ed learned firsthand how personally rewarding helping others could be.
While studying at PC and later while pursuing his law degree at Western New England College School of Law, Ed worked in the IRS’ Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, providing free tax preparation services for the underserved. Witnessing the faces of the people he helped — especially those getting refunds that they hadn’t expected — gave him a great amount of personal satisfaction and reinforced the principles of service to others.
From then on, he never stopped helping others.
A partner at Andsager, Bartlett & Pieroni, LLP, a boutique tax CPA firm in East Providence, Ed is a lecturer on tax planning topics and served on the adjunct faculty at Bryant University in its master’s of taxation program. He has been providing tax and financial planning solutions for close to 35 years.
An active member of the community, Ed offers his experience and expertise on several boards, including the Providence Children’s Museum. He is a former member of the East Greenwich School District’s Finance Committee, the Board of Trustees at Roger Williams University, and served on former Governor Carcieri’s Tax Policy Study Group. Ed is also a member of the Board of the Papitto Foundation and Read to Succeed.
An avid sports enthusiast, he coached Little League baseball in East Greenwich for over 15 years and served as a volunteer coach for several youth basketball teams.
While he is determined to help others, he has faced his own challenges.
Ed, who suffers from a rare blood disease and is battling cancer, is inspired by his youngest son Jason and his 1-year-old grandson Brian Jr.
Jason, the youngest of Ed’s three children, was born with ventricular inversion, a condition in which his heart is upside down and on the opposite side of his body. He received a pacemaker at an early age, but nothing stopped Ed’s son. A singer/songwriter and recent graduate of the University of Vermont, Jason was the keynote speaker and survivor ambassador for the annual Southern New England Heart Association Heart Ball.
In 2020, Ed welcomed his first grandchild, Brian Jr., who was born with microcephaly, lissencephaly and severe epilepsy. Fueled by his young grandson’s resilience and strength, Ed is determined to be his best every day and continue to help others.
Why is POC and its mission of bettering the BIPOC Communities so important to you?
“My grandparents came to this country as immigrants believing that this was the ’land of opportunity,’ and that hard work alone would provide them and their children and grandchildren with the American Dream. I now know that things aren’t quite that simple and that the American Dream is not a dream for everyone; especially those of the BIPOC community who share the same hopes and dreams as my grandparents but truly lack the same opportunity.
Papitto Opportunity Connection was created to provide that opportunity and help level the playing field in order to break the cycles of poverty among many in the BIPOC community who find themselves as part of our communities’ most vulnerable populations.”