Scott Waguespack is the alderman of Chicago’s 32nd Ward, which includes parts of the Bucktown, Logan Square, Wicker Park, Hamlin Park, Roscoe Village, South Lakeview, and Lincoln Park neighborhoods. Since his election as alderman in 2007, Ald. Waguespack has been a leading independent voice in the City Council, often challenging both the Daley and Emanuel administrations on issues of transparency, finances, public safety, and public education. Since 2015, Ald. Waguespack has been a member of the Progressive Reform Caucus, serving as Chairman from 2015 to 2019.
In 2008, Ald. Waguespack was elected as the 32nd Ward’s Democratic Committeeman. In that role, he has worked to register, educate, and mobilize voters to elect more progressive leaders in the Northwest Side corridor.
Ald. Waguespack graduated from Colorado State University and Chicago-Kent College of Law. After college, he served in the U.S. Peace Corps in Kenya, where he worked with UNICEF and various women’s groups to build health clinics and water supplies, and provided training in primary health. He remains active with the Chicago Area Returned Peace Corps Association.
Ald. Waguespack has worked with the U.S. State Department, the American Bar Association, and various governments in the Balkans working to assist the War Crimes Tribunal in the former Yugoslavia, establishing a rule of law, and working on economic development. He served as an advisor to the President of Kosovo and the interim government after the end of the Kosovo War.
Ald. Waguespack serves as Chair of the City Council Committee on Finance.