Progressive Values with a Powerful Voice.
I’m honored to represent the East Side/Fox Point neighborhood of Providence. As a newly elected senator, I championed the passage of Temporary Caregiver Insurance, making Rhode Island the third state in the country to create paid family leave and the first to do so with job protection. In 2019, I was instrumental in the passage of Rhode Island’s Reproductive Privacy Act, ensuring that abortion remains safe and legal in our state even if the Supreme Court overturns or erodes the protections of Roe v. Wade.
I believe Rhode Island’s strength is our diversity, and that we deserve a state that works for all of us. That’s why I focus on common-sense legislation to grow our middle class, improve our health care system, protect our civil rights, increase funding for affordable housing and our public schools, and create safe communities. I’m also a long-time advocate for children in foster care.
I have testified in Congress, spoken at the United State of Women, and met President Obama in the White House and in Rhode Island. I’ve been recognized for my work by Congressman Cicilline, and received many awards including:
Angels in Adoption Award, 2013
Bell of Hope Award, 2014
RIPIN Legislator of the Year Award, 2014
AARP Capitol Caregiver, 2016
YWCA Isabel Ahearn O'Neill Award, 2017
“Rhode Island has got the right idea. You’re just one of three states where paid family leave is the law of the land. More states should choose to follow your lead. It was funny in the meeting this morning, business leaders said the Rhode Island law helped them in recruiting and retaining outstanding employees.”
- President Obama, October 2014
I'm also proud to have had a career where I live my values everyday. I currently serves as Campaign Advisor to Family Values@Work. Previously, I served as the Strategic Initiatives Officer at Women's Fund of Rhode Island. I've also been a consultant in the nonprofit sector, assisting with strategic advocacy efforts, policy analysis, and qualitative research. Originally from Montreal, I immigrated to the US as child with my family, and grew up in Atlanta.
After graduate school at Tufts, I moved to Rhode Island to work at a national organization focused on increasing access to health care for the uninsured. I share my love of Providence with my husband, Jeff Levy, our two sons and two dogs.