Roberto is a graduate of the University of Rhode Island with a dual major in applied economics and political science. He attended Tolman High School, Goff Junior High School and Potter-Burns Elementary School, and is a lifelong Pawtucket resident.
He is employed by the Pawtucket Housing Authority and has interned at the Rhode Island Department of Administration and the U.S. House of Representatives under Congressman Jim Langevin. He often donates his time to community causes, and previously served as Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 3 Central Falls, and a missionary for Mustard Seed Communities.
Roberto is fluent in Spanish and the proud son of Colombian immigrants, whose Mom and Sister both work in healthcare. In addition to being bi-lingual, Roberto has struggled with a speech impediment for as long as he could speak. He uses his hindsight and experiences everyday to better both himself, and his understanding of the obstacles that students, with and without disabilities, face in the classroom.
He attributes his teachers' compassion and understanding to his academic success. As a member of the Pawtucket School Committee, Roberto would advocate for all students, whether they have a disability, come from low-income households, are minorities, or identify as LGBTQ, he is a candidate who will serve as a voice for the underrepresented in our city's schools.