Jasmin Santana is a member of the Cleveland City Council. Ward 14 Councilwoman Jasmin Santana was elected in November 2017, becoming the first Latina council member in the city’s history. Councilwoman Santana represents Clark-Fulton, Stockyards and portions of Brooklyn Centre, Tremont and West Boulevard neighborhoods.
She serves on four council committees – Health & Human Services; Safety; Transportation and Utilities. She is also council's representative to the city's Community Relations Board.
Councilwoman Santana worked as an outreach coordinator with the non-profit Hispanic Alliance, focusing on public safety, lead abatement and various social issues. She also worked for MetroHealth Medical Center, promoting health and nutrition education in the Hispanic community. While at MetroHealth, she helped develop the first grassroots Latina breast cancer education program in Northeast Ohio.
Councilwoman Santana has received various public recognitions for her civic activism, including being featured in a 2016 story in Crain’s Cleveland Business magazine.
Councilwoman Santana is a graduate of Max Hayes Vocational School. She is currently studying non-profit administration and public health through a dual program with Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State University.
Cleveland City Councilman Brian Cummins faced a spirited challenge from Jasmin Santana, a longtime ward resident who has been endorsed by the ward's Democratic club and its influential leader, Rick Nagin, who finished second to Cummins in the 2009 election.
Santana, 38, earlier this month resigned her job as a community-engagement coordinator for the Hispanic Alliance, an umbrella group for other Hispanic nonprofits. She said she was stepping down to focus on the "campaign and the family," but her opponents had grumbled that her position with the organization had given her unfair access to potential voters. Before the Hispanic Alliance, Santana worked for MetroHealth to recruit minority women to participate in a breast-cancer education, early-detection program there.
Santana was born and raised in Ward 14, and lives in the Clark-Fulton neighborhood. She said Cummins has not been responsive to the concerns of residents in the ward, which is one of the city's poorest.
Molly Nagin connection
October 26, 2018 ·
Molly Nagin with Jasmin Santana.
Communist Party support
- We will hear from Cleveland, Ohio about a big victory electing the first Latina to city council and how the West Side Club has been at the center of that campaign and successfully took on red baiting in that key election.