Michael Pearis, MBA 1994

Michael will serve as the city of Providence, Rhode Island’s new director of finance, it was recently announced by Mayor Taveras . He will be responsible for all financial and accounting information for the City of Providence, and oversee efforts to develop short- and long-term financial goals for the City, including a five-year financial plan. Michael was selected for the position following a comprehensive search that attracted more than 40 applicants throughout the United States, including California, Arizona, Oregon, Illinois, and New Jersey.

Michael will oversee the Department of Finance and the Offices of the City Controller, City Collector and City Assessor, and his responsibilities will include preparation and oversight of the City’s annual operating budget, monitoring the operating budget for the Providence School Department, and financial presentations to the City Council, bond rating agencies and other organizations. The Director of Finance also serves as vice chairman of the Board of Investment Commissioners and as a member of the Providence Water Supply Board, the Board of Contract & Supply, and ProvPort.

Michael is a highly experienced business executive with diverse financial, managerial and operations experience in a private-sector career that has included senior positions at Fleet Bank, Pillsbury and Pepsi.

He is a graduate of Florida A&M University’s undergraduate finance program. Michael earned his master’s degree in business administration from Pepperdine University’s Graziadio School of Business and Management.

Michael Pearis, MBA 1994

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