Ronnie Cho is a proven public servant and social activist. A son of Korean immigrants, he represents a new generation of Democrats who are ready to lead.
Ronnie’s deep commitment to public service, and his experience and success in both the public and private sectors, will enable him to meaningfully improve the lives of New Yorkers. He played key roles in the Obama presidential campaign in 2008 and in the White House where, as President Obama’s Millennial outreach director, he advanced the President’s agenda on issues like increasing college affordability, Affordable Care Act enrollment, deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA), LGBTQ rights, supporting young entrepreneurs, criminal justice reform, and mental health awareness. Ronnie also played a critical role in increasing funding to connect every school and library in America by 2020 with high-speed Wi-Fi. A proud product of the public education system, Ronnie is committed to providing 21st century education tools to every student in the District and the City. His career also includes time at The Daily Beast, where he wrote and edited stories related to social justice and entrepreneurship, and as an Emmy winning producer, Vice President, and Head of Public Affairs at MTV.
Ronnie has also been a passionate supporter of social justice, opportunity and equality for all communities. Ronnie won an Emmy for his work on a powerful documentary celebrating transgender youth, and he is a member of the creative council of Emily’s List supporting pro-choice women running for elected office. He also mentors high school students from all five boroughs of New York City through Derek Jeter’s Turn 2 Foundation, and he sits on the board of the Bus Federation, the nation’s leading youth organizing and civic engagement organization.
Creating opportunity and fighting for underserved communities has been a lifelong endeavor for Ronnie. As a New York City Council Member, Ronnie will make sure every child has access to a quality education, work to keep rents low so that families and small businesses can thrive in our neighborhoods, and will never stop fighting to protect the rights of our immigrant friends, family members, and all who call our community home.
Ronnie has the rare combination of experience, creativity and energy our party, our politics, and our city need right now. The entrepreneurial spirit and skills that made him such an effective grassroots organizer truly set him apart, set him ahead, and will set him up to succeed.