Ward 5

Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan

Councilwoman Jo-Ann Ryan was elected to the City Council in 2014. She currently serves as Majority Leader and represents the residents of Ward 5, which includes the neighborhoods of Elmhurst, Mt. Pleasant and Manton. Councilwoman Ryan’s legislative focus has been on promoting fiscal responsibility, economic development, and tax reform. She is a strong advocate for environmental protection issues. In addition, she addresses quality of life issues for residents through community policing, public education, parks, recreation, traffic control programs, and community engagement projects.

Some of her accomplishments include the landmark Providence Plastic Check-Out Bag Reduction Act which was passed by the City Council on Earth Day 2019. She established the Armand E. Batastini Jr. Recreation Center to provide quality safe after-school programming for area youth. She has also worked to revitalize and improve the Mt. Pleasant High School baseball field as well as supporting the development of the school’s music program. Councilwoman Ryan has brought improvements to the many parks throughout Ward 5, including Viscilosi Park, the Pleasant Valley Parkway and Mount Pleasant Park. Finally, she has worked tirelessly to make the City of Providence a greener and safer City with legislation such as her Plastic Bag Reduction Act and a citywide nuisance and traffic control program.

Councilwoman Ryan coordinates numerous community activities with Friends of Pleasant Valley Parkway, Friends of Viscolosi Park, Friends of Trinity Parkway, Providence College Urban Action to enhance community green space. She regularly participates in the Providence Neighborhood Planting Program. She is a team sponsor for the Elmhurst and Mt. Pleasant Little Leagues and was instrumental in establishing several new businesses and supporting existing businesses in Ward 5. She was the past Chairwoman of the Providence St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee. She served as vice chair of the City Planning Commission prior to her election as Councilwoman.

Councilwoman Ryan brings over 30 years of experience in the Rhode Island financial industry and a MBA to her Council role. Currently, she is Vice President, Residential Mortgage Lending at Customers Bank. She previously served in senior management roles in program compliance, corporate communication and asset product management at Rhode Island Housing and Mortgage Finance Corporation, Old Stone Bank and Rhode Island Hospital Trust National Bank. Her programs designed to help working families buy and keep affordable homes and her initiatives promoting management innovation have won national industry best practice awards.

Councilwoman Ryan and her husband, Attorney Thomas J. Ryan are active members of their community.  They are members of St. Pius V Church. They are the proud parents of two adult children; Attorney Brendan F. Ryan and Megan F. Ryan, MBA, TCRG.

Councilwoman Ryan is the Chairwoman of the Committee on Ordinances and the Special Committee on State Legislative Affairs, the Vice-Chairwoman of the Committee on Finance, and also sits on the Rules Committee.

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