Robin Rue Simmons
Home: 2018 Dodge Ave., 60201
Alderman Robin Rue Simmons invites community members to Fifth Ward meetings, held monthly on the second Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Morton Civic Center in Rm. G300, located at 2100 Ridge Ave.
Robin Rue Simmons is a strategist, civic entrepreneur and alderman of Evanston’s 5th Ward. Ald. Rue Simmons began her career 22 years ago when she launched her first business as a real estate broker. Troubled by the wealth disparities and concentrated poverty in urban communities, she wanted to help young adults build wealth early through homeownership. Over the course of her entrepreneurial career, she has launched and operated multiple businesses, including a bookstore that offered free afterschool programming and a construction firm that employed dozens of minority skilled tradespeople, and has developed dozens of affordable homes funded by the Neighborhood Stabilization Program.
Rue Simmons was elected 5th Ward alderman for the City of Evanston in 2017. Since taking office, she has prioritized improving the lived experience and expanding opportunities for Black residents. Most notably, she led the passing of the nation’s first reparations program, which will be funded by the first $10 million of Adult Use Cannabis sales tax revenue. Robin is the chairman of the Reparations Committee and a strong advocate for social equity applicants in the cannabis business.
Known for her “Solutions Only” approach in service and business, Ald. Rue Simmons is the director of innovation and outreach at Sunshine Enterprises, which has supported over 700 neighborhood entrepreneurs (98% African American, 74% women) in launching or growing a business. She also serves as chief strategist at Ujima Solutions Group, LLC, in addition to managing residential and commercial property that she owns. In her free time, she enjoys her family, new experiences and forest bathing.
Awards and Acknowledgements
- Women of the Year, National Association of Professional Women
- Induction into the Civil Rights Hall of Fame
- Community Leadership, Imani Award, Family Focus
- Black History Maker Award, New Beginnings Church
- Government Leader of the Year, Westend Awards
- Community Impact Leader Award, Realtist Women’s Council of IL
- Reparations Committee, Chairman
- Minority/Women/Local Business Enterprise Committee
- Community and Economic Development Federal Advocacy Committee, National League of Cities
- Human Services Committee, Chaired
- Administration & Public Works Committee, Chaired
- CDBG Committee, Member
5th Ward Meeting Schedule
Second Wednesday of the Month, 7 p.m.
Morton Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave., Room G300 (ground floor)
Transportation to and from the meetings will be available from Ebenezer-Primm Towers Senior, located at 1001 Emerson St. and Jacob Blake Manor, located at 1615 Emerson St. Transportation will leave the locations between 6:30 p.m. and 6:50 p.m.