Councilman David Salvatore
Councilman David Salvatore has been a member of the Providence City Council since 2011. He represents portions of the Elmhurst and Wanskuck neighborhoods.
Councilman Salvatore has been a strong advocate of financial and pension reform in the city. As the Chairman of the Subcommittee on Pension Sustainability during his first term, he oversaw the drafting of a report that made recommendations designed to stabilize the pension system and reduce the system’s unfunded liability.
Councilman Salvatore served as Council President from December 2018 until January 2019. During that time, he made it his priority to ensure an equal playing field in Providence: for businesses trying to grow and navigate local government, for wage equality and equity, and for all children to have access to a quality education. Additionally, he implemented a program that aims to raise public awareness and participation in local government by launching “Be Heard PVD.”
To promote economic development, he has worked to remove barriers that hinder businesses’ growth. In 2013, he shined a light on a lack of oversight of tax stabilization agreements and the Providence Economic Development Program. These issues have remained a top priority for the Councilman throughout his tenure, and he is currently working to craft a more transparent and standardized process for tax stabilization agreements in Providence.
A lifelong resident of Providence, David attended public schools, including the Robert F. Kennedy Elementary and Nathanael Greene Middle Schools. A graduate of La Salle Academy, David was a member of the Cross Country and Track teams during his years in high school. He subsequently attended Rhode Island College, where he graduated with a degree in Business Management, and earned his Master of Public Administration (MPA) from Roger Williams University School for Justice Studies.
He is the Director of Government Affairs for the Rhode Island Association of REALTORS®. Previously, he worked as a policy analyst for the Rhode Island House of Representatives, where he was responsible for research on economic competitiveness and development, education policy, and other issues of importance to Rhode Islanders. Prior to working in the General Assembly, he worked for the Rhode Island Office of the General Treasurer, where he was responsible for administering Rhode Island’s Unclaimed Property Program, as well as managing the business office. Under his leadership and guidance, new policies and new technology were implemented to make it easier for Rhode Island taxpayers to interact with the General Treasurer’s Office.
Councilman Salvatore is a strong supporter of many neighborhood organizations, including Elmhurst Clean & Green, Elmhurst Neighborhood Crime Watch, Friends of Corliss Park, Friends of Fargnoli Park, Mt. Pleasant Little League, Providence Community Library, Smith Hill Community Development Corporation, Sojourner House, and many more. He is also a member of the Providence Rotary Club and the United Way of Rhode Island Public Policy Advisory Committee.
He enjoys running and is a parishioner at St. Augustine’s Church. An avid Boston Red Sox fan, Councilman Salvatore extends his love of baseball to the Ward 14 community by supporting Elmhurst Youth Baseball, and the Mt. Pleasant and Wanskuck Little Leagues.Councilman Salvatore and his wife Angie recently welcomed their first child, Bennett Alexander.
Councilman Salvatore serves on the Committee on State Legislative Affairs.