Warwick Mayor Scott Avedisian was born in Warwick and educated in the public schools of Warwick and Washington, DC. He was graduated from Providence College, earned a Masters in Public Administration from Roger Williams University, completed the State and Local program at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Humane Letters from the New England Institute of Technology. He was chosen as one of 24 inaugural Aspen-Rodel fellows by the Aspen Institute. This bi-partisan group of elected officials is charged with reclaiming the middle ground of American politics.
Mayor Avedisian was first elected in a five-way race in a special election in February 2000. Prior to his election as the 15th Mayor of the City of Warwick, Avedisian served five terms as a member of the Warwick City Council. He is the longest-serving Mayor in City history.
Mayor Avedisian has particularly championed human services reform and environmental protection during his tenure as mayor of Rhode Island’s second largest city.
Mayor Avedisian, a former president of the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, has a long history of public service. Beginning in his high school days, he was a page to the late United States Senator John Chafee, a legislative aide for the Rhode Island Senate, and Deputy Campaign Manager for former Rhode Island Governor Lincoln Almond.
He is presently chairman of the Board of Directors of the Rhode Island Public Transit Authority. Mayor Avedisian served as a member of the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s Home for Children for two decades, and is on the Board of Incorporators of Kent Hospital, a Trustee of Ocean State Charities Trust, a Board member of Advisors of FRIENDS Way, a former member of the Board of Directors for Crossroads Rhode Island, the former longtime Honorary Chairman of the Episcopal Charities, and the immediate past president of the Episcopal Diocese Standing Committee.
He has also served as trustee, member or board member for more than two dozen other local and statewide agencies and organizations.