Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris

Ward 11

Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris has been on the City Council since 2014, and is the Deputy Majority Leader. She currently serves as the Vice-Chairwoman of both the Committee on Public Works and the Committee on Urban Redevelopment, Renewal and Planning. She represents constituents in the Upper South Providence and West End neighborhoods.

Education & Professional Experience

Although she was born in Shelby, North Carolina, Councilwoman Harris was raised in South Providence, and is a graduate of Central High School. She holds an Associate’s Degree in Business Science from the Community College of Rhode Island.

For 15 years, Councilwoman Harris worked as the Lead Community Organizer for Direct Action for Rights and Equality (DARE), building grassroots support for local projects promoting economic and social justice. She has been actively involved with a number of community groups including:

  • The Providence Youth Student Movement
  • Rhode Island People’s Assembly
  • Rosa Parks Human Rights Committee
  • Women of All Colors Assembly

Personal Interests

For over 30 years, Councilwoman Harris has lived in the Upper South Providence and West End neighborhoods. She is the proud mother of four grown children, and she has eleven grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She is also an active member of the King’s Cathedral church in Providence.

Accolades & Awards

Councilwoman Harris has been the recipient of awards that acknowledge her dedication to the community. These awards include:

  • 2001 Ministers’ Alliance of RI Martin Luther King Jr. Direct Action Award
  • 2012 Jobs with Justice Solidarity Award

Council Committees

  • Committee on Urban Redevelopment, Renewal and Planning, Vice-Chairwoman
  • Committee on Public Works, Vice-Chairwoman
  • Committee on Ordinances
  • Committee on State Legislative Affairs
  • Special Committee on Public Safety

For a full list of Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris’s press releases: Click here.


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