Joshua Avila
Confidential Assistant to the Chief of Operations, City of Providence
Josh Avila currently serves as the Confidential Assistant to the Chief of Operations under Mayor Jorge O. Elorza's administration in Providence, Rhode Island. For a short time, he also served as the Executive Director of the Human Relations Commission for the City of Providence during his colleague's leave of absence. He graduated from Roger Williams University in 2015 with a double major in Legal Studies and Political Science. Shortly after graduating from college, he entered the retail sector due to the lack of career opportunities in both the political science and legal fields. He then started the MPA program at Roger Williams University in the Spring 0f 2018 while working as the store manager for Olympia Sports in Woonsocket, RI. He held the position for two years until taking a leap-of-faith by applying for the Mayoral Fellowship for the City of Providence in the Summer of 2019. Josh was selected among 40 applicants to be one of only five Mayoral Fellows and was assigned to the Mayor's Center for City Services. The Fellowship opened up new opportunities in public administration as he shortly thereafter accepted two part-time positions with both local and state governments, respectively: (1) Administrative Coordinator for the Office of Economic Opportunity under the Elorza Administration in Providence and (2) Development Coordinator for CCRI. Both of these opportunities led him to his current role within the Mayor's Executive staff. Throughout his MPA program, Josh was able to work with both NAIL Communications in Providence, RI and the Rhode Island Board of Elections in assessing the intention to vote among college students for the 2020 election season by conducting a program evaluation of NAIL's video "Dear Young People, Don't Vote". Josh recently graduated from both the MPA program and the 2020 Class for College Leadership Rhode Island. Since his graduation, Josh has taken active leadership roles as a member of RIBBA's Youth Adult Advisory Board (YAAB) that has created a mentoring program for underserved youth and was recently elected to be the Vice President of the Rhode Island Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration. His ultimate dream in life is to be the first openly gay President of the United States!