Mayor Harry LaRosiliere
Mayor Harry LaRosiliere (La Ross el lee air) was elected Mayor of Plano in 2013. He was sworn in as Plano’s 39th Mayor and is the first African American to be elected to this office. In May of 2017, he was sworn in for a second term. Prior to this he proudly served his community for six years as a two-term City Council Member.
Mayor LaRosiliere’s primary focus has been to create a robust economic development environment that will generate an upward cycle of prosperity for all. During his tenure, Plano has established itself as a regional employment destination. Quality job creation provides the resources to deliver outstanding services, revitalize neighborhoods and invest in City assets. Some of the successes in recent years include major corporate relocations such as: Toyota, Liberty Mutual Insurance, JP Morgan Chase and Co., Boeing Global Services, and FedEx Office to name a few. Mayor is also very proud of the many small businesses that are thriving and expanding in our city as well.
Mayor LaRosiliere firmly believes as a premiere city, Plano rightfully deserves a voice on the national stage. He is an active member of the bipartisan organization, the United States Conference of Mayors. He serves as Chair on the prominent Transportation and Communications Committee where he takes part in meaningful conversations with mayors across the nation.
Mayor LaRosiliere is equally passionate about fostering a sense of community and delivering what he calls the Plano Promise: “Our City will protect you. Our schools will educate you, and our community will nurture you.” This has inspired him to launch three key community initiatives that are designed to touch the lives of children in all continuums of their life. The Nourishing Hope Program affirms to our food insecure elementary students and their families that they will be provided access to nutritious food when needed throughout the year. Plano Families First is designed to give those families access and information on healthcare and education resources, as well as assistance with employment opportunities. Mayor is most proud of the Plano Mayor’s Summer Internship Program, which offers senior high students real-world workplace experience through an eight week paid internship. This program equips our youth with valuable skills not offered to them in high school and builds a bridge for the future workforce to come back to Plano. Since the program’s inception, over 500 interns have graduated from the program.
Mayor LaRosiliere was born in Haiti and moved to New York with his family when he was three years old. Although he became a U.S. citizen at age 18 he often states, “Obtaining the naturalization papers was a formality because I was already an American in my heart, mind and soul. Being an American meant that I could accomplish anything I chose to do and the only boundaries that existed were the ones I built.” In 1985, he graduated from City College of New York with a degree in geology. He decided to pursue his entrepreneurial ambitions while running a successful photography studio for eight years. In 1994 he came to Plano to join his future wife and immediately became involved in community service. He volunteered with various non-profit groups followed by service on a variety of City boards and commissions before he became a City Council Member.
Mayor LaRosiliere is a financial advisor with a global wealth management firm. He often says, “My life is a three legged stool with family, work and public service which rests on my faith.” He lives a life of passion so he can contribute the most he can. With all of his accomplishments, he is most proud of his family. He especially enjoys spending time with his wife Tracy, and their two daughters, Brianna and Maya.