Rawlson King was elected the first-ever Black city councillor in a historic by-election held April 2019, in Rideau-Rockcliffe (Ward 13), in the City of Ottawa.
Previously, he was the President of the Overbrook Community Association, Board Member and Treasurer at the Rideau-Rockcliffe Community Resource Centre, and was Co-Chair of the Ottawa Police Service Community Equity Council.
Recognized for his volunteer work, he won a United Way Ottawa Community Builder of the Year Award in 2018, conferred during National Volunteer Week.
Rawlson holds both a Bachelor of Journalism and Law, and a M.A. in Communication from Carleton University.
He is an entrepreneur and communication professional with over 20 years private sector experience in marketing, strategic communication and high-technology market research.