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James Diossa ’03

 

James Diossa ‘03

james diossa - updated2James Diossa ‘03 (Central Falls High School) graduated from Becker College in 2009 with a B.S. in Criminal Justice. James is currently serving as Mayor of the City of Central Falls, leading the transformation of a city on rise. Before being elected Mayor, he worked for The College Crusade as a Middle School Advisor at Woonsocket Middle School, providing resources and guidance to Crusaders on the path to college.

As Mayor, Diossa has spearheaded a charge to restore quality city services to the hard working taxpayers of the “Comeback City.” In three short years the city has standardized its trash and recycling system, prioritized transparency initiatives at city hall, hired additional public safety personnel to keep the city safe, and increased opportunities for youth in the community. He has also prioritized efficiency in government through the consolidation of city services, to the benefit of taxpayers, by partnering with neighboring Pawtucket for a shared Emergency Management Agency and Housing Inspector. These actions are fundamentally changing the business environment and perception of Central Falls.

As an advocate for the business community, Mayor Diossa has worked hard to enact impactful initiatives in the city. He has highlighted the city’s vibrant restaurant scene by founding an annual restaurant week, now entering its third year. In 2015, Mayor Diossa oversaw the implementation of e-permitting at city hall, updated city purchasing regulations to support minority and women owned businesses, and created a façade improvement program for city businesses. As the son of immigrants from Colombia, Mayor Diossa has embraced his community’s rich cultural history, recognizing the social and economic strengths of a diverse community.

“As a Crusader I benefited from a lot of resources that the program offered,” James recalls. “One of the most important was having access to visiting many universities and colleges. I also appreciated the opportunity to listen to many guest speakers, who spoke on their experiences and left a great impact on my desire to achieve a higher education.”

For James, one of the highlights of college was being able to build relationships with his professors, whom he still remains in contact with today. He encourages Crusaders who are just starting college to make the most of it. “Get ready to enjoy one of the best experiences of your life,” he says. “Be responsible, focus on your studies, and all the fun will come along with it.”

He currently serves on the board of Blackstone Valley Prep Mayoral Academy as Chair, The Rhode Island Interlocal Risk Management Trust, the Rhode Island League of Cities and Towns, and Family Service of Rhode Island. In his free time, James enjoys reading and playing soccer.

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