Welcome! Thank you for visiting the Ninth Ward webpage. I am thrilled to be Councilwoman for Elmwood and South Elmwood, and I am committed to moving our neighborhoods and our city forward.
Feel free to contact me at Ward9@providenceri.com or call the City Council office at 521-7477 with any questions you may have.
Carmen Castillo was elected Councilwoman for Ward Nine in 2011, and was re-elected in 2014. She represents the Elmwood and South Elmwood neighborhoods on the City Council.
Councilwoman Castillo was born in Santiago, the second largest city in the Dominican Republic, and emigrated with her three daughters to the United States nearly 20 years ago. After arriving in Rhode Island, she settled in the Ninth Ward, where she has lived ever since.
First working in a factory, the councilwoman later found employment at the Westin Hotel in Providence. She has been a room attendant at the hotel for 19 years. Despite being a single mother and new immigrant, within two years of working at the hotel, Castillo organized her fellow workers and helped form a union to achieve better wages, respect, and a better future their families. She emphasizes that being a unionized worker has allowed her to send her children to school, and save enough money to buy a home. Currently, she is a union steward, and also a member of the Executive Board for UNITE HERE Local 217.
Councilwoman Castillo was active in her community for many years prior to her election to the City Council. She has advocated for the rights of immigrants, workers, and women. She has also fought to improve the Providence public school system by promoting neighborhood schools and fighting school closings. As councilwoman, she is focused on improving City services, and bringing more resources to Ward Nine to address abandoned properties, trash on the streets, excessive noise, neighborhood safety, and ensuring residents have a voice and participate in addressing crime and delinquency. Councilwoman Castillo supports initiatives to prevent foreclosures and to help keep families in their homes. She also is dedicated to enforcing the First Source ordinance, which gives Providence residents the opportunity to receive good jobs with fair wages.
Councilwoman Castillo lives in the Elmwood neighborhood with her three daughters, Angela, Karla and Sahymi, and step-daughter Aliyah.