Fighting to improve lives in Providence.
I love Providence. It's part of who I am. I was born in Providence to immigrant parents and got my start as a 19-year-old community organizer on the South Side, volunteering with groups such as Quisqueya in Action, DARE, and Greater Elmwood Neighborhood Services. We organized neighbors and small businesses around issues that impacted their families and communities.
In my mid 20s, I opened a graphic design and printing business on Broad Street serving dozens of local small businesses, and later led communications at Neighborhood Health Plan of Rhode Island. I also served as a contributor and columnist for The Pawtucket Times and Providence en Español newspapers.
Around that time, I started a family with my amazing wife, Francis, a teacher and theater director. I helped her build Teatro ECAS, New England's leading Latino theater company since 1997. We bought a run-down house in Washington Park, lovingly restored it, and raised our two children, Daniel and Stephanie, there. Today, Daniel is a logistics administrator and Stephanie just received her degree in Chemical Engineering at UConn.
After the 2002 election, I served on Congressman David Cicilline's mayoral transition committee and co-authored a report that established the City’s first Department of Art, Culture, and Tourism. I was appointed the City's Communications Director, played an important part in restoring integrity to City Hall, and collaborated in rolling out the administration’s bold community policing initiative. Later, I served as Chief of Staff to Mayor Angel Taveras, leading efforts to build a strong, sustainable future for our city in the aftermath of a crushing recession.
I was then recruited by Secretary of State Nellie Gorbea to serve as her Chief of Staff and Deputy Secretary of State. I worked to increase civic participation across the state, modernize RI’s voting infrastructure, pass lobbying reform legislation, and ensure successful statewide elections during a global pandemic.
In December of 2020, Providence was reeling from the impact of the pandemic and I stepped down from my position as Deputy Secretary of State to focus on running for Mayor of Providence. In early 2021, during the height of the pandemic, I served briefly as a substitute teacher at Mount Pleasant High School.
Over the past three decades, my commitment to Providence has been unwavering. I have served on the boards of Dorcas Place, the Providence Performing Arts Center, and the Providence Community Library - where I fought to keep all nine neighborhood libraries open during challenging times. I currently serve as a director of the ALS Association RI, the Providence Cultural Equity Initiative, the Latino Policy Institute at Roger Williams University, and the Roger Williams Park Conservancy.
I have detailed policy plans to make Providence a dynamic, safe, and clean city with great schools and a thriving middle class. I have broad support from community leaders and elected officials from every neighborhood of the city. And, I have the proven leadership skills and executive experience to be an effective mayor.
Together, we will realize Providence's vast potential. Join me.