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Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris | Ward 11

Welcome to the webpage of Ward Eleven. Ward Eleven represents the neighborhoods of upper South Providence and the West End.
 
Please feel free to contact me with your comments and ideas at ward11@providenceri.com or by calling the City Council Office at 521-7477.

 

 

  


 

Biography

 

Councilwoman Mary Kay Harris was elected to the Providence City Council in 2014 and began her term in January 2015. She represents the Upper South Providence and West End neighborhoods. 
 
Born in Shelby, North Carolina and raised in South Providence, Councilwoman Harris graduated from Central High School in Providence and earned her Associates Degree in Business Science from the Community College of Rhode Island. 
 
For 15 years, she 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 such community groups as the Providence Youth Student Movement, the Rhode Island People’s Assembly, the Rosa Parks Human Rights Committee, and the Women of All Colors Assembly. She has received many awards for her dedication to her community, including the 2001 Ministers’ Alliance of RI Martin Luther King Jr. Direct Action Award and the 2012 Jobs with Justice Solidarity Award.
 
In addition to her community activism, Councilwoman Harris served on the Providence Human Relation Commission from 2002 to 2004, was a member of 2002 Mayoral Transition Advisory Committee, and was the first Chairperson of the Providence External Review Authority from 2002 to 2005. She is also an active member of the King’s Cathedral church in Providence.
 
Councilwoman Harris has lived in the Upper South Providence and West End neighborhoods for more than 30 years. She is the proud mother of four grown children. She has of eleven grandchildren two great-grandchildren.