Mayor Jorge O. Elorza was born in Providence and grew up in the city's West End. After graduating from Classical High School, he earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Rhode Island and worked as an auditor on Wall Street before going on to earn his law degree at Harvard. He has had a distinguished career within the legal and judicial system in Rhode Island. Elorza was elected as Providence's 38th Mayor and took office in 2015. As Mayor, Elorza is focused on turning Providence around by creating economic opportunity for all, world-class schools, public services that work for everyone and innovative, ethical city government. From developing Providence's working waterfront, to his administration's bold plan to eliminate the blight of abandoned properties, Mayor Elorza is making sure Providence is positioned to grow and succeed.