"I was born and raised on the north side of Chicago. My father, Carlos Rosa, migrated to Chicago from Puerto Rico in his early 20s. My mother, Margarita Ramirez, immigrated with her parents from northern Mexico to Chicago when she was five years old. My parents met, fell in love, became public school educators and small business owners in this city.
Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is a lifelong Chicagoan who has worked to put our neighborhoods and working families first by building coalitions and bringing people together. Carlos has done so in his roles as a community organizer, congressional caseworker, and now as Chicago's 35th Ward alderman.
As Chicago's 35th Ward alderman, Carlos has led successful legislative efforts to win property tax relief for working-class homeowners, paid sick leave for Chicago workers, equality for transgender Chicagoans in public facilities, and accountability and transparency on municipal financial transactions. Working alongside grassroots community organizations, Carlos recently led successful efforts to (1) pass historic legislation that ensures Chicago is an actual sanctuary city where no one is afraid to call 9-1-1 and (2) that Chicagoans have a real say over policing in their neighborhoods via one of the nation's strongest civilian oversight ordinances. Carlos has promoted inclusion and transparency in all his aldermanic work - local and national organizations have recognized the community-driven zoning process he has implemented in the 35th Ward as a model for community empowerment and transformation.
Before being elected to the Chicago City Council, Carlos worked as a deportation defense organizer with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights (ICIRR) and a congressional caseworker in the office of then-Congressman Luis Gutierrez. As a deportation defense organizer, Carlos worked to keep families safe from deportation and win President Obama's historic executive action to fix immigration. As a congressional caseworker, Carlos helped seniors, veterans, and families cut through government red tape, and he streamlined the delivery of constituent services. At ICIRR, Carlos served on the bargaining committee of his union — the National Organization of Legal Service Workers (NOLSW), UAW Local 2320.
Carlos is a proud product of our Chicago Public Schools. He received his high school diploma from Chicago's Whitney M. Young Magnet High School and his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Carlos has been recognized by Chicago Magazine, Chicago Reader, Jacobin, and The Nation for his work bringing neighbors of diverse backgrounds together to transform their community for the better. Carlos lives in Avondale with his partner Bryan and their rescue pit, Itztli. Carlos is a member of the National Writers Union (NWU), and you can read some of his opinion pieces here.
What others have said about Carlos:
- "Chicago Socialists Led the Way in Expanding Undocumented Immigrant Protections," Jacobin (2021)
- "Chicago Alderman Uses Old Fashioned Way To Get Information Out On COVID-19," CBS 2 (2020)
- "Who Tops the 2019 'Nation' Honor Roll," The Nation (2019)
- "Carlos Ramirez-Rosa's Fight for Affordable Housing," Bias Magazine (2019)
- "How One Alderman Is Working to Demystify Redevelopment," Chicago Magazine (2018)
- "This Chicago Politician Is Showing How To Govern From The Left," The Nation (2017)
- "This Chicago Politician Is Ready to Resist Donald Trump's Deportation Fervor," Mother Jones (2017)
- "Emerging Power Players: Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, The Organizer," Chicago Magazine (2017)
- "20 in their 20s: Why Carlos Is Someone To Know", Crain's Chicago Business (2016)
- "Chicago's youngest alderman is a Millennial, backs LGBT agenda - and isn't hanging with Rahm," Chicago Tribune (2015)
- "Meet Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, the 26-Year-Old Who Stormed Onto City Council", DNAinfo Chicago (2015)