BOSTON – Oct. 5, 2017 — Angel Taveras, a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig, LLP’s Boston office and former Providence, Rhode Island mayor, was the keynote speaker at the National League of Cities Early Childhood Education Summit, Oct. 4 in Portland, ME. Taveras discussed what Providence has done to support young children and their families, the importance of early childhood education in the community, and the reasons why leaders should support early childhood systems. The Summit is part of the National League of Cities' Early Learning Nation program and was conducted in partnership with a Portland coalition of early childhood stakeholders named Starting Strong.
From 2011 to 2015, Taveras served as the Mayor of Providence, Rhode Island, where he led a city government with 5,700 employees and a budget of $678 million. He is credited with rescuing the city from the brink of bankruptcy and confronting 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, was the recipient of a $3 million award from the Carnegie Foundation to create innovative high schools, and received the City Livability Award at the U.S. Conference of Mayors in 2014. In addition, Taveras won Bloomberg Philanthropies' Mayors Challenge $5 million grand prize for his innovative proposal to improve the vocabularies of pre-school age children.
Taveras focuses his practice on municipal restructuring, public finance, commercial litigation, pension litigation, and public infrastructure. With over 14 years of experience in litigation, he is a licensed attorney in Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. His diverse litigation practice includes complex commercial matters, including matters arising under the Fair Credit Reporting Act, the Truth in Lending Act, the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act, as well as bankruptcy litigation, zoning and land use, shareholder disputes, and election recounts and challenges.
He is an adjunct professor at Providence College where he teaches a leadership seminar. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Alliance for Early Success and Green City Force. In 2016, Taveras was elected to the national board of Latino Justice PRLDEF, one of the foremost Latino civil rights organizations in the country, serving a pan-Latino constituency.
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