Abdul-Aziz Hassan, Chief of Staff
Abdul-Aziz is originally from Harlem, New York City, but has lived in the City of Chicago for the past 15 years. During that time he completed his undergraduate degree at Roosevelt University and found his way to the 22nd Ward by working as a youth organizer with students at the Little Village Lawndale High School. Abdul-Aziz is currently the 22nd Ward Chief of Staff. His focus is to ensure our neighbors in the Ward get the best possible services from the City of Chicago. He lives in Little Village with his wife and three children.
"There are no great men or women in this world. Only great challenges that ordinary people must take on each day." - Rudy Lozano
Carlos Gamboa, Director of Constituent Services
Carlos was born and raised in La Villita and grew up actively participating in sports programs at Piotrowski Park from Baseball to Gymnastics. His family has deep roots in the Little Village community, immigrating over 40 years ago to Chicago, looking for better opportunities for their future families. To this day they still call the 22nd Ward home. Carlos attended the University of Michigan furthering his education in Economics and Spanish, then returned to the 22nd Ward to work on political campaigns as the Director of Finance. Carlos is currently the 22nd Ward Director of Constituent services ensuring the constituents of the 22nd Ward receive their service request in a timely manner.
You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream.
Jessica Barajas, Director of Community Outreach
Jessica is 25 years old, born and raised here in the 22nd Ward. She is a craft enthusiast, has a cat named Gucci, is raising her own butterflies this summer, and likes to help her parents garden. She is bilingual and is currently attending Northeastern Illinois University. Jessica began interning at the 22nd Ward office five years ago and is now our Director of Community Outreach.
“Our feelings are our most genuine paths to knowledge.” – Audre Lorde
“Treat the world well. It was not given to you by your parents but lent to you by your children.” – Ida B. Wells
Rosie Gutierrez, Aldermanic Aide
Rosie Gutierrez is very excited to join the 22nd Ward’s aldermanic team! She is thrilled to be working with the City of Chicago, her hometown. Rosie is looking forward to many years of fun and adventures growing her skills in the 22nd Ward. She was born on the Northside of Chicago and moved to the 22nd Ward when she was eight years old. She went to a trade school of business for three years soon after worked at Washasky Auto Parts. She then gained more valuable work experience at Target for a few years and later moved on to work as a janitorial supervisor at the Regency Towers in the suburbs. Rosie has a beautiful daughter named Sophie, who motivates her greatly. Some of the topics she likes to study are history and the study of astronomy. One of her current goals, out of the many, is to learn how to speak Polish. And who knows, maybe one day she can become a translator in a hospital, as she loves working with people.
A few of my favorite things are: listening to oldies music, classical music, coloring books, reading, watching movies from oldies to modern day ones, crocheting, and baking mostly in the winter just to name a few. My favorite fruits are tamarind, strawberries and pineapple.