FORA.tv Speaker - Angel Taveras

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Biography

Angel Taveras, the City's 37th Mayor, grew up on the South Side of Providence and went from Head Start to Harvard via the Providence Public Schools. As a third grader at the Mary Fogarty Elementary School, Angel was encouraged by his teacher to set big goals. After graduating from Harvard, Angel attended Georgetown University Law Center to pursue his childhood dream: becoming a lawyer in order to help others. As an attorney, Angel established himself a litigator and a widely-respected elections lawyer.

In 2007, Angel was appointed to serve as an Associate Judge on the Providence Housing Court, where he helped to streamline the interaction between inspectors and the Housing Court and improve the code enforcement tracking system.

In 2010, Angel stepped down from the bench and entered the race for Mayor of the City of Providence. This opportunity to serve the people of Providence was unexpected, yet Angel was up to the challenge. On September 14th, 2010, Angel won a four-way Democratic Primary with 49% of the vote and carrying 11 of the city's 15 wards. He went on to win the General Election in November of that year with 82% of the vote.

Angel Taveras was sworn in as Mayor of Providence on January 3, 2011.

1 Program

Cultural Investment: Creating Civic Identity Through Art

10.07.13 | 00:34:56 min | 0 comments