Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris
Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris has been on the City Council since 2014, and is the Deputy Majority Leader. She represents constituents in the Upper South Providence and West End neighborhoods.
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, the Rhode Island People’s Assembly, the Rosa Parks Human Rights Committee and the Women of All Colors Assembly.
Councilwoman Harris has been the recipient of awards that acknowledge her dedication to the community. These awards include the 2001 Ministers’ Alliance of RI Martin Luther King Jr. Direct Action Award and the 2012 Jobs with Justice Solidarity Award.
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.
Councilwoman Harris is the Vice Chairwoman of the Committee on Urban Redevelopment, Renewal and Planning and the Committee on Public Works. She is also a member of the Committee on Ordinances, the Committee on State Legislative Affairs and the Special Committee on Public Safety.