Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is a lifelong Chicagoan who has worked to put our neighborhoods and working families first as a community organizer, congressional caseworker, and now as a member of the Chicago City Council representing the 35th Ward.
As a community organizer with the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights, Carlos worked to keep families safe from deportation and win President Obama’s historic executive action to fix immigration. As a congressional caseworker in the office of U.S. Congressman Luis Gutierrez, Carlos helped seniors, veterans, and families cut through government red tape and he streamlined the delivery of constituent services. As Chicago's 35th Ward alderperson, Carlos has promoted inclusion and transparency in all of his work, and worked to make sure city resources benefit local neighborhoods instead of big corporations.
Serving as our 35th Ward alderperson since May 2015, Carlos has led legislative efforts to win property tax relief for working class homeowners, paid sick leave for Chicago workers, equality for transgender people in public facilities, and accountability and transparency on municipal financial transactions. Alongside undocumented Chicagoans and community organizations, Carlos led the successful effort to ensure Chicago is a true sanctuary city. Carlos is now leading efforts to win civilian oversight and community control of the Chicago Police Department.
Carlos was one of the first openly gay Latinos elected to the Chicago City Council. Carlos is a proud product of our public schools. He received his high school diploma from Chicago's Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, and his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Carlos has been recognized by Chicago Magazine, Chicago Reader, and The Nation for his work as a movement elected official organizing a multi-racial working class movement to win progressive change. He lives in Avondale with his partner Bryan and their dog Itztli.
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)