BOSTON — Oct. 1, 2015 — Angel Taveras, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Boston office, former Providence, Rhode Island mayor, and winner of Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge, will speak at the Napa Valley Community Foundation Forum, Oct. 8, 2015, in Napa, California. Taveras will present “More than Baby Talk: Providence Talks and Closing the 30 Million Word Gap,” as part of the 2015 forum theme “Rethinking the 21st Century Community.”
Taveras served as the mayor of Providence, Rhode Island from 2011 to 2015, and is credited with rescuing the city from the brink of bankruptcy and eliminating a $110 million structural deficit. Under his leadership, Providence received the All-America City Award from the National Civic League for its plan to boost third-grade reading proficiency and was the recipient of a $3 million award from Carnegie Foundation to create innovative high schools. In 2013, Taveras won Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Mayors Challenge $5 million grand prize for his innovative proposal to improve the vocabularies of pre-school age children. Most recently, Taveras was elected to the Board of the Alliance for Early Success (the Alliance), a nonprofit organization that works to advance state policies for young children.
At Greenberg Traurig, Taveras focuses his practice on municipal restructuring, public finance, commercial litigation, pension litigation, and public infrastructure. He has over 14 years of experience in litigation and has dealt with complex commercial matters, bankruptcy litigation, zoning and land use, shareholder disputes, and election recounts and challenges.
According to its website, the Napa Valley Forum is a quarterly, invitation-only event for donors that seeks to encourage learning, strengthen relationships, and create a venue for dialogue among the valley’s civic leaders and community contributors. The Napa Valley Community Foundation is an organization committed to improving the quality of life for all of Napa County through mobilizing resources, inspiring giving, building knowledge, and providing reliable leadership. The foundation cultivates relationships with other funders and creates opportunities for donors to support critical projects that both align with their interests and improve upon the entire community.