Councilwoman Sabina Matos

Councilwoman - Ward 15

Sabina Matos was elected City Council President in January 2019, the first Latina to hold the position in the city’s history. She was first elected to the Providence City Council in 2010 as Councilwoman for Ward 15, which covers Olneyville as well as parts of the Silver Lake and Valley neighborhoods. In 2015, Matos became the first Latina elected as Council President Pro Tempore in Providence’s history and served in that role until her election as Council President.

Her Background

Matos was born in the province of Barahona in the Dominican Republic. In April 1994, she moved to the United States, first arriving in New York City, where she lived for a short time before moving to Providence with her family.

Education & Professional Experience

Matos graduated from Rhode Island College in May of 2001 with a BA in Communications and Public Relations. She is also a graduate of the Latina Leadership Institute and Leadership for a Future.

Councilwoman Matos is a past President of the Rhode Island Latino Political Action Committee. She has served on many boards including the Olneyville Housing Corporation, the United Way of Rhode Island and ECAS Theater. In addition, she has been involved in many other community organizations.

Councilwoman Matos lives in Olneyville with her husband, Patrick Ward, and their two children, Diego and Annemarie.

Council Committees

  • Committee on Municipal Operations and Oversight
  • Rules Committee
  • Committee on Dr. Charles V. Chapin Memorial Award
  • Committee on State Legislative Affair

For a full list of Councilwoman Sabina Matos’s press releases: Click here.


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