BOSTON – May 7, 2015 – Angel Taveras, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig LLP’s Boston office and former Providence, Rhode Island mayor, will be a featured speaker at the Greater Lawrence Community Action Council’s (GLCAC) 2015 Making a Difference Gala, May 9, 2015, at the Andover Country Club, Andover, Massachusetts. The event celebrates 50 years of GLCAC serving the community and gathers key stakeholders from Greater Lawrence and surrounding communities to share the important and valuable work that GLCAC is doing in the community.
Taveras will speak about Providence Talks, an initiative to improve the vocabularies of pre-school age children, which he began during his term as mayor of Providence. Taveras’ innovative proposal for Providence Talks won the $5 million grand prize from the Bloomberg Philanthropies 2012-2013 Mayors Challenge, and his initiative was featured in numerous national media outlets including The New York Times, BBC News, The Economist, The New Yorker and Univision. In addition, Taveras was a guest speaker at the Closing Word Gap Conference at the White House in 2014.
From 2011 to 2015, Taveras served as the mayor of Providence, where he led a city government with 5,700 employees and oversaw a budget of $678 million. Taveras is credited with rescuing Providence from the brink of bankruptcy and eliminating a $110 million structural deficit through landmark reforms to pensions, negotiated concessions in labor contracts, and unprecedented assistance from tax-exempt institutions. Under his leadership, Providence was recognized with the All-America City Award from the National Civic League for its plan to boost third-grade reading proficiency.
Taveras also has a distinguished legal career. With over 14 years of experience in litigation, he is a licensed attorney in Rhode Island, Massachusetts, and New York. His diverse litigation practice includes complex commercial matters, including matters arising under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Truth in Lending Act, and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, as well as bankruptcy litigation, zoning and land use, shareholder disputes, and election recounts and challenges.