Public Service Record

Member, Providence School Board 2000-02
Introduced Policy to Repeal “Zero Tolerance” Program for Certain Infractions
Commissioned Survey of Parents of Children in Private School

Co-Founder, Classical High School Alumni Association, 2000-04
First Rhode Island organization that raises private alumni funds to support a public school
Currently contributions $50,000+ annually with $700,000 endowment

Co-Founder, East Side Public Education Coalition 2006-09
Successfully advocated for re-opening of Nathan Bishop Middle School with an “a la carte” advanced academic program

Co-Founder Rhode Island Is Ready 2009-10
Advocated for elements of funding formula that would benefit children in urban school districts.

Member, Providence City Council, 2011-18
Introduced legislation to remove “Florida License Plate Problem” and provide $3 million of additional annual City revenue.

Supported measures to restore Providence’s fiscal stability in the wake of the “Category 5 fiscal hurricane.”

Vice-Chair, Pension Sustainability Committee (laid groundwork for pension reform, generating $170 million in savings)

Introduced legislation to achieve redistricting reform, which was approved by the City Council and the voters to amend the Home Rule Charter to ensure more representative and less political redistricting process.

Pro Bono Legal Counsel (2019-21)
Represented three City Council members who advocated for greater State accountability in its takeover of Providence Public Schools. Unfortunately, the Department of Education failed to heed their position, which has proven to be a mistake.

Represented a South Providence neighborhood association which successfully prevented the siting of a solid waste transfer station that would have increased air pollution in an overburdened neighborhood already suffering disproportionately from asthma, blood lead poisoning and other environmentally-related health issues.