Councilwoman Nirva R. LaFortune
Councilwoman Nirva R. LaFortune is a Providence City Council Member representing the City’s third ward and is the first Haitian American to hold elected office in the state of Rhode Island. Since joining the council following a special election in August 2017, Councilwoman LaFortune has served as the Vice Chair of the Special Committee on Education during the last term.
Born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Councilwoman LaFortune migrated to Providence, Rhode Island at the age of three and was raised in the Southside and later Washington Park neighborhoods, where her parents still live.
Councilwoman LaFortune is the Assistant Director of The Scholars Programs and Diversity Initiatives in the Office of the Dean of the College at Brown University. Prior to returning to Providence, Councilwoman LaFortune was the Assistant Director for the Centers for Public Policy & Science Technology & Society at Drexel University.
She attended the Providence Public Schools, Pleasant View Elementary, Nathanael Greene Middle School and graduated from Mount Pleasant High School. She holds a B.A. in Communications from Temple University and is completing an M.A in Urban Education Policy at Brown University in the spring of 2019.
Councilwoman LaFortune has also championed affordable housing, support for minority and women-owned businesses, community development, prudent financial planning, and increasing transparency and community engagement in municipal affairs. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Sophia Academy and We the Village, as well as serving on the Advisory Committees for the Eastside YMCA and East Side Community Alliance.
Councilwoman LaFortune lives in Hope Village (Summit) with her two children, Messiah and Nyree-Simone and is an avid runner; she can often be seen running the streets of her Ward.
Councilwoman LaFortune is a member of the Committee on Claims and Pending Suits and the Committee on the Charles V. Chapin Memorial Award.