Angel Taveras grew up on the south side of Providence. He was raised by a single mother who worked the second shift at her factory job to support her family. She fought hard to give her children opportunities for success and always believed that education was the path to a better life.
Angel went from Head Start to Harvard by way of Providence Public Schools. Following his graduation from Harvard, Angel headed to Georgetown Law Center to pursue his lifelong dream of being a lawyer. After law school Angel returned home to Rhode Island where he established himself as a litigator and widely-respected elections lawyer.
In 2010, Angel stepped down from serving as an associate judge on the Providence Housing Court and entered the race for Mayor of the City of Providence. In September of that year he won a four-way Democratic Primary and went on to win the November election with 82 percent of the vote.
As Mayor of Providence, Angel Taveras has collaborated with stakeholders across the Capital City and the State of Rhode Island to eliminate Providence’s $110 million structural deficit, pulling the City back from the brink of bankruptcy.
He took a voluntary pay cut because when he asked residents to try to do more with less, he made sure the government did too. And his successful effort to reform Providence’s previously unsustainable pension system in collaboration with the city’s labor unions has been lauded as a national model for other cities.
Through leadership and collaboration with the City’s municipal workers, unions, retirees, and tax-exempt universities and hospitals, Angel protected city services and paved the way for economic development in Providence.
At the heart of Angel’s public service is his commitment to public education. His work to encourage innovation in education and prepare children for success has gained him national recognition, including awards from the White House, the National Civic League and the Bloomberg Philanthropies Mayors Challenge $5 million grand prize.
Angel has spent his time in the Mayor’s Office implementing an innovative 20-point program to help put Providence back to work. As Governor, Angel will build on these efforts in order to accelerate growth and build a more diverse economy from which all Rhode Islanders can benefit. He will continue to push for policies that will help the middle class and everyone striving to build a better life for their children, such as customized job training, ensuring that anyone working full time is paid a decent wage, growing access to universal pre-kindergarten and making college more affordable for everyone.
Angel and his wife, Farah, have one daughter, two-year-old Farah Rose.