Before her role as the Manager and Advisor of the Presidential Scholars Program, Nirva LaFortune oversaw Academic Programs and Students Affairs in the School of Engineering at Brown. Before moving to Providence, she lived in Philadelphia where she was the Assistant Director of the Centers for Public Policy and Science, Technology and Society and an academic advisor at Drexel University, as well as, and administrator at Temple University’s Fox School of Business Center for Academic Advising.
Nirva LaFortune has worked with various outreach associates on projects to promote technology, health, and nutrition within my community. She served on two Board of Trustees at PreK-8th educational institutions. I volunteered with a non-profit organization in Philadelphia to improve college access for children of immigrant and first-generation families and has traveled on humanitarian volunteer trips to my native country Haiti to work with the Love Orphanage which serves children who have been displaced by the 2010 earthquake. I am also an advocate within my community to address issues of race and educational disparity.
July 2017, Nirva LaFortune won special Democratic primary in Providence City Council's Ward 3 with 1,147 votes.
LaFortune — who was born in Haiti and helps lead an anti-racist anti-Trump resistance group — raised twice as much money as her opponents combined and used that money to develop a voter database for her campaign. She enters the general election as the front-runner since a Republican has not been elected to Providence’s city council since 1986 and no independent has won a council seat since 1990. Her primary election victory is a vindication of Democratic Socialists of America’s strategy of running to win within the Democratic Party where it makes sense to do so.
- Nirva LaFortune, a city councilwoman in Providence, Rhode Island, are among the elected Democrats who’ve joined the DSA.