(Left to right) Byron Sigcho Lopez, Daniel La Spata, Rossana Rodriguez Sánchez, Jeanette Taylor, Carlos Ramirez-Rosa
Photo: Isaac Silver
Who We Are
We are a multiracial coalition of alderpeople representing portions of 21 neighborhoods on the south, north, northwest, and lower west sides of Chicago. We are Black, white, Latinx, immigrants, descendents of immigrants, descendents of indigenous people, and descendents of slaves. We are the Democratic Socialist Caucus of the Chicago City Council.
Daniel La Spata, 1st Ward
Daniel La Spata serves as the Alderman of Chicago's 1st Ward. He was inspired to run after witnessing anti-democratic and inequitable development processes, which left too many out of the prosperity of the city's booming economy and housing market. He has spent the last twenty years in Chicago and the last thirteen as a leader on housing and community development campaigns in the greater Logan Square area. Currently a Masters' Candidate in Urban Planning and Public Policy at UIC, Daniel also took on fruitful professional experiences with the Chicago Rehab Network, Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, and Friends of the Parks. As Alderman, Daniel is working toward a more equitable and sustainable Chicago. A Chicago committed to breaking down it's segregated past (and present) and weathering the storms of climate change will take a multitude of stakeholders and sometimes unlikely partnerships. He balances this exhausting but fulfilling work by running, baking, making excellent music, and sharing life and travel with his wonderful wife Alicia.
Jeanette Taylor, 20th Ward
Jeanette B. Taylor is the current Alderwoman of Chicago’s 20th Ward, representing portions of Woodlawn, Washington Park, Englewood, Back of the Yards, and Greater Grand Crossing. Before being elected Alderwoman, Jeanette was a parent organizer with Kenwood Oakland Community Organization. She was a Local School Council (LSC) member for over 20 years at Mollison Elementary and trained countless parents on how to be productive members of an LSC. Jeanette led a 30-day hunger strike to save the last open enrollment high school in her community. She’s done all of this while raising five children of her own. Jeanette is committed to fighting for her community to see the vision set by her community come alive.
Byron Sigcho Lopez, 25th Ward
Byron Sigcho Lopez was elected Alderman of Chicago’s 25th Ward to reform city government and to push back against austerity measures that disproportionately burden working class communities. Byron came to the United States alone as a teenager. Byron has worked as an adult education teacher for the last 10 years, founding the bilingual adult education program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He became politically active after former-Mayor Rahm Emanuel listed a neighborhood public school for closure where Byron volunteered as a soccer coach. Byron led a successful community effort to keep that school open. Later, Byron became Director of the Pilsen Alliance where he was a leader in the struggle against gentrification and displacement, co-founding the campaign to lift the ban on rent control in Illinois. He holds a bachelors in Mathematics and Business Administration from Cumberland University, and a Masters in Economics from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is currently a PhD candidate in the field of Urban Education Policy.
Rossana Rodriguez Sánchez, 33rd Ward
Rossana Rodriguez Sánchez is a Boricua mother, educator, theatre artist, organizer and the Alderwoman of Chicago’s 33rd Ward. She spent the last decade working with youth and families in Albany Park. Originally from Puerto Rico, Rossana attended her first demonstration at the age of six, when her neighborhood of Mariana waged a successful battle for public access to drinking water. Since then she has become a fierce advocate for public education, fighting against privatization and school closings in Puerto Rico and in Chicago. As a resident of Albany Park and founding member of 33rd Ward Working Families, Rossana has also been a leader in the fights for rent control and immigrant rights in her ward. Rossana holds a BA in Theater Education and an MA in Applied Theater and is currently pursuing an MSW. Her main focus of work is mental health and the creation of systems of care to replace the racist systems of punishment we now understand as “public safety.”
Carlos Ramirez-Rosa, 35th Ward, Chair
Queer, Latinx, and a lifelong Chicagoan, Carlos Ramirez-Rosa is now in his second term as Alderman of Chicago’s 35th Ward. A deportation defense organizer prior to his election, Carlos has legislated by working alongside movements for social and economic justice. As Alderman, Carlos has fought for and won property tax relief for struggling families, new affordable housing, strengthened protections for workers, undocumented immigrants, and transgender Chicagoans. Carlos was an elected Bernie Sanders delegate to the 2016 Democratic National Convention, and Illinois Vice-Chair for Bernie Sanders' 2020 presidential campaign. Carlos has been recognized by Chicago Magazine, Chicago Reader, and The Nation for his progessive leadership and movement building efforts. A graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Whitney M. Young Magnet High School, Carlos is a proud product of our public schools. He lives in Avondale with his partner Bryan and their dog Itztli.