Ana Rosa Rizo

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Ana Rosa Rizo

Ana Rosa Rizo (born 1980) is a City Councilor/mayor in Maywood California, a suburb of Santa Barbara.

Early Life

Rizo grew up in an immigrant family in the working class community of Maywood, California. She learned about politics at an early age, growing up in a union family. Her mom is a cafeteria worker, and a member of SEIU. Ana organized her first campaign at 9 years old, helping to save a technology center in her neighborhood slated to be closed because of budget cuts.[1]


Elected to Maywood City Council in 2007, Ana Rosa Rizo, in 2010 was serving as Maywood’s Mayor. Rizo graduated from UC Santa Barbara and has worked locally on "many social justice programs". A Maywood native, her work focuses on government transparency, support for working families, ensuring police conduct reform, and clean drinking water.

Prior to her current work as an elected official, Rizo has also served as a Planning Commissioner for the City Of Maywood, Executive Director for PUEBLO & PUEBLO Education Fund, California Lead Organizer for the National Farm Worker Ministry (based at Santa Rosa de Lima Church in Maywood) and has served as the National Coordinator for the Student Labor Action Project for the United States Student Association and Jobs with Justice. She has received the “Women of Action” award from Assembly Speaker John A. Perez, as well as awards from Supervisor Gloria Molina and Congresswoman Lucille Roybal-Allard.[2]


University of California, Santa Barbara. BA Chicana/Studies & Global Studies, Emphasis: Socio-Economic & Political, Focus Area: Latin America, 1998 – 2002.

Activities and Societies: Associated Students El Congreso, M.U.J.E.R. Estudiantes Para Avanzar la Comunidad (E.P.A.C.) Isla Vista Tenants Union, Coalition for a Living Wage, Latina/ Business Association.[3]

Communist Party ties

In 2004, while National Coordinator of the Student Labor Action Project, Rizo was interviewed by Libero Della Piana, one of the National Coordinators of the Young Communist League USA, for Dynamic, March 2004 - she was described as coming "from a beautiful working class Mexican immigrant familia in Los Angeles, California, and graduated from UC Santa Barbara". [4]

In a report of the Communist Party USA's Mexican American Equality Commission, prepared as part of the discussion leading up to the Communist Party USA's 29th National Convention May 21-23, 2010, the Commission wrote of several electoral victories, of people obviously associated with the party;[5]

"Mexican Americans are a necessary force in the struggle to breakthrough the right wing obstructionism and counteroffensive and win progressive changes in health care, jobs and income, immigration, civil rights, labor rights and a more reasonable foreign policy in on going electoral struggles and the coming elections.. Mexican Americans are strong supporters of the Obama administration's efforts to move away from the right wing policies of the past and to move for progressive reform as evidenced by the 76% approval rating of California Latinos for Obama, in the January 2010 poll by the California Public Policy Institute. These developments are reflected in the strong races of Rudy Lozano for Illinois legislature, Rick Nagin for the Cleveland City Council and the big victory of Jesus "Chuy" Garcia as Cook County Commissioner in Illinois and Ana Rizo as Mayor of Maywood one of the cities of greatest immigrant concentration in Los Angeles County."

Ana Rosa Rio was almost certainly the "former YCLer" referred to in this February 2, 2010 paper "Convention Discussion: A Time to Grow", submitted by "YCLers in transition" to the pre-conference discussion to the Communist Party USA 29th National Convention, New York City, May 21-23.[6]

A former YCLer, ran and won elected office in California. The campaign organization that helped her win has little to no relationship to the Communist Party (or YCL), and as an elected she rarely communicates back to the California District and/or the YCL. Through her election, those in the Santa Barbara suburb gained a progressive ally in their city council, and what the Party gained remains unclear.


In July 2006, Rizo was hired as the new Executive Director for PUEBLO, a non-profit economic and environmental justice organization dedicated to building the political power and leadership of low-income residents throughout Santa Barbara County.[1]

Latinos for Peace

On October 31 2009, Latinos For Peace issued a statement calling for “no escalation of the war in Afghanistan and for expedited withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan as well as an end to the coup government in Honduras”.

More than 100 activists endorsed the call, including Ana Rosa Rizo.[7]