Maria will be the first black queer person elected to the Chicago City Council!
Maria Hadden is a first time candidate running for Alderwoman of Chicago’s 49th Ward.
Her current policy platform reflects her past work to improve government accountability and inclusive while ensuring community representation. Maria has pledged to continue communications and relationships between current community groups, regional planning organizations and residents to create sustainable, affordable housing plans for all. She will champion further and higher funding for the public schools in her neighborhood and advocate for transparency in Chicago’s educational and overall budget and budget process. And she will fight to support local business development, working to ensure the 49th Ward has a seat at the economic table.
Maria has worked closely with elected leaders, public employees and Chicago residents of all stripes and has a deep understanding of the Chicago political scene. She is currently the Executive Director of Our City Our Voice, a national nonprofit organization she founded to enable communities and government across the country to redesign democracy for more empowered and equitable participation. Her expertise in public participation is grounded in grassroots organizing efforts for social change. Before launching her own organization, Maria was a Founding Board Member of The Participatory Budgeting Project working to create and facilitate democratic processes and transparency around public budgets.
She received a BA from the Ohio State University in Peace and Conflict Studies, and a MS in International Public Service Management. She lives with her partner Natalia in Rogers Park with their two dogs. Originally from Columbus, Ohio, she has called Chicago home since 2004.
LGBTQ history in the making:
- Maria will be the first black queer person elected to the Chicago City Council!