District 2

Rosie Mendez

East Village, Gramercy Park, Kips Bay, Lower East Side, Murray Hill, Rose Hill

A life-long New Yorker, Rosie has served as a member of the City Council since 2006, and currently is the Chair of the LGBT Caucus. Rosie has chaired the Committee on Public Housing and Co-Chaired the Black, Latino, and Asian Caucus and Women’s Caucus. Previously she served as Democratic District Leader for four terms and as Chief of Staff to Councilwoman Margarita Lopez.

Rosie was born to Puerto Rican emigrants in Williamsburg, where she lived in public housing and attended public school. Rosie received her B.A. in Metropolitan Studies, Political Science from NYU, and received her law degree from Rutgers School of Law-Newark. She received an IOLA Legal Services Fellowship, was a 2003-04 Fellow in the Charles H. Revson Program for the Future of the City of New York at Columbia University, as well as an 2011 Bohnett Fellow who studied State and Local Government at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

She was director of the People’s Economic Opportunities Project of the Lower East Side, and has held several internships with various organizations. She is a champion of civil rights ensuring that New Yorkers are not discriminated against based on race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or age.