Over forty-seven years ago, Allan’s parents began a journey that brought them from Hong Kong to Providence, Rhode Island. They traveled halfway around the world to begin a new life and to give their family the extraordinary opportunities available only in the United States.
Born February 25, 1970 in Providence, Allan W. Fung graduated from Classical High School and was the first in his family to go to college. Mayor Fung graduated with honors from Rhode Island College and Suffolk University Law School.
In 2008, Fung was the first Asian-American Mayor elected in the state’s history and is currently serving his third term. He was also the Republican nominee for Governor in 2014.
During his tenure as Mayor, he has led Cranston to its highest bond rating in over two decades with all three indepedent national credit rating agencies and 24/7 Wall Street twice named the community as one of the Top 50 Best Cities to Live in America. Mayor Fung increased business development by over $66 million and helped bring in over 1700 new jobs. He reduced the city’s operational expenses by implementing innovative expense savings strategies and was the first Mayor in the state to move major unions into defined contribution retirement plans. He also successfully negotiated reforms with public safety retirees and unions to save over $6 million annually and stabilized the city’s severely underfunded local pension system.
Mayor Fung has also served on the RI Municipal Pension Study Commission and was part of the 2011 RI Pension Advisory Group that recommended historic reforms to the troubled state pension system. He is Past President of the RI League of Cities and Towns and former Chairman of the RI Governor’s Insurance Council. He is currently a member of the Republican National Committee’s Asian Pacific American Advisory Committee and is also the Honorary Board Chairman of the RI Association of Chinese Americans.
Before becoming Mayor, he was Government Relations Counsel for MetLife, a criminal prosecutor in the RI Department of Attorney General and a litigation associate with Mandell, Schwartz & Boisclair. He is married to Barbara Ann Fenton, a physical therapist and the Chairperson of the Rhody Young Republicans.