Mom – Attorney – Mentor
A native of Cape Verde whose family immigrated to Rhode Island for a better life when she was just seven years old, Maria Goncalves has never forgotten those who mentored her and guided her along the way.
With support from others, Goncalves graduated from Roger Williams University and Boston University Law School and became a successful litigator. An attorney at Miller & Caine, LLP in Providence, she was previously a partner at Adler Pollock & Sheehan, P.C., and a former associate judge of the Providence Housing Court.
Goncalves’ greatest successes did not always come in the courtroom. She said that some of her proudest accomplishments include watching a young woman she mentored develop into a confident individual.
Goncalves is a member of the Thurgood Marshall Law Society and Rhode Island Bar Foundation. She was a member of the Rhode Island Supreme Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness, the Permanent Advisory Committee on Women and Minorities in the Court. She is also involved in several community organizations: Goncalves is a member and current president of the Greater Providence (RI) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.
Passionate about her roots, Goncalves is active in the Cape Verdean community in Rhode Island. She looks forward to owning a home in her native country and contributing to its development.
Why is Papitto Opportunity Connection and its mission of bettering the BIPOC communities so important to you?
“As a person of color that immigrated to the United States, I am aware of the difficulties BIPOC communities face. I was extremely fortunate to meet individuals along the way who mentored me and made a difference in my life. The Papitto Opportunity Connection is helping the BIPOC community.”