Alexander will be the only openly LGBTQ member of the DC Council
Alexander M. Padro was born in the Bronx, NY (1964) to an electrical/mechanical engineer of Puerto Rican descent and a Dominican-immigrant seamstress and union member.
● attended New York City Public Schools, graduated Bronx High School of Science (1981) and New York University (BA, Journalism, 1985).
● ran his own public relations firm in New York before 17-year publishing career.
● moved to the DMV in 1994.
● led effort to name Shaw Historic District. Appointed to African American Heritage Trail Advisory and DC Commemorative Works Committees, he is past Historical Society of Washington, DC Board of Trustees Chair and DC Preservation League Landmarks Committee Chair.
● As DC Library Trustee, advocated for increased funding and library renovation/replacement, including Shaw Library, opposed Martin Luther King, Jr., Memorial Library’s sale and convinced DC Council to keep it.
● ran for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (2000), was re-elected nine times, served as Commission chair, chairs ANC 6E Alcoholic Beverage Control Licensing Committee, sits on Transportation and Zoning and Planning Committees.
● organized Shaw Main Streets (2002), was first board chair, became executive director (2004), managing mid-six figure budget. SMS serves 340 businesses, won Great American Main Street Award (2016).
●is a member of Leadership Greater Washington, Gertrude Stein Democratic Club and ANC Rainbow Caucus.
Alex and Pleasant Mann, his partner of 25 years, live in Shaw.