Councilman David Salvatore

Ward 14



Councilman David Salvatore has been a member of the Providence City Council in 2010. He currently serves as Council President and represents the neighborhoods 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, he oversaw the drafting of a report that made recommendations designed to stabilize the pension system and reduce the system’s unfunded liability.

As Council President, David has 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.

To promote economic development, David 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 of David’s throughout his tenure, and he is currently working to craft a more transparent and standardized process for tax stabilization agreements in Providence.

His Background

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 Masters of Public Administration (MPA) from Roger Williams University School for Justice Studies.

Education & Professional Experience

In 2000 he graduated from Rhode Island College with a degree in Business Administration. Currently he is working towards a Master’s degree in Public Administration at Roger Williams University.

David 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 that, David 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, David implemented policies and new technology to make easier for Rhode Island taxpayers to interact with the General Treasurer’s Office.

Additional Professional & Civic Experience

Councilman Salvatore is a member the following civic and professional organizations:

  • Rhode Island Government Finance Officers Association (R.I.G.F.O.A)
  • Elmhurst Clean & Green
  • Elmhurst Neighborhood Crime Watch (Providence)
  • American Society for Public Administration (A.S.P.A.)-Rhode Island Chapter
  • The Wanskuck Branch Library

Personal Interests

David 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.

David 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 13 community by supporting the Elmhurst & Wanskuck Little League.

David and his wife Angie recently welcomed their first child, Bennett Alexander.

Council Committees


  • Committee on City Property
  • Committee on Education


  • Committee on Ways and Means (Chairman, 2012-2014)
  • Committee on Ordinances (Vice Chairman, 2011-2014)

For a full list of Councilman David Salvatore’s press releases: Click here.


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