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.
He is Chair of the Built Heritage Sub-Committee and is also appointed to the Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management, and to the boards of Crime Prevention Ottawa, Ottawa Community Housing Corporation, Ottawa Public Library, Ottawa Community Lands Development Corporation and Quartier Vanier BIA. He also sits on the City's Information Technology Sub-Committee. He previously served on the Ottawa Police Services Board.
To advance anti-racism and race relations initiatives, Council appointed Rideau-Rockcliffe Councillor Rawlson King as the Council Liaison for Anti-Racism and Ethnocultural Relations Initiatives.
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. He also was a recipient of a Black History Ottawa Special Recognition Award, bestowed during 2021 Black History Month.
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.