Get to know Rawlson

Rawlson King has served as Councillor for Rideau-Rockcliffe since 2019, after winning a historic by-election to become Ottawa's first Black City Councillor. A strong believer in public service, Rawlson previously served as President of the Overbrook Community Association, a board member at the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre, and was the first co-chair of the Ottawa Police Service Community Equity Council.  He is a current and founding Board member of the Rideau Winter Trail.  

During the 2018-2022 Term of Council, Rawlson served as Chair of the Built Heritage Sub-Committee and was also appointed to the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management.  He also served on the boards of the Ottawa Police Service, Crime Prevention Ottawa, Ottawa Community Housing Corporation, Ottawa Public Library, Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation and Quartier Vanier BIA. He also sat on the City's Information Technology Sub-Committee.  

Recognized for his volunteer work, he won a United Way Ottawa Community Builder of the Year Award in 2018, conferred during National Volunteer Week.  He also was a recipient of a Black History Ottawa Special Recognition Award, bestowed during 2021 Black History Month.

Before his election to public office, Rawlson was an entrepreneur and communication professional with over 20 years private sector experience in marketing, strategic communication and high-technology market research.

Rawlson earned a Bachelor of Journalism (with concentration in Legal Studies) and an M.A. in Communication from Carleton University. A proud Carleton alumnus, he and his wife personally established the Rawlson King and Linda Grussani Scholarship for Indigenous, Black and Racialized Students at Carleton University in 2022.