Jason is the 9th Ward City Council Member, representing residents in Central, Corcoran, East Phillips, Longfellow, Midtown Phillips, and Powderhorn neighborhoods. Born and raised in the 9th Ward, specifically in the East Phillips Neighborhood, by his immigrant parents from Puebla, Mexico, Chavez attended Andersen United Community School and graduated from Cristo Rey Jesuit High School in East Lake Street in 2014. In 2018, he graduated from the College of Saint Scholastica with a bachelor’s degree.
After graduation, Chavez served as a Committee Legislative Aide to Representative Carlos Mariani and Representative Mohamud Noor, working on both the Public Safety and Criminal Justice Reform Committee and the Workforce and Business Development Committee at the Minnesota House of Representatives. His contributions included playing a critical role in passing the 2020 Police Accountability Act in Minnesota following the murder of George Floyd and the 2021 Omnibus Employment and Economic Development Bill in Minnesota to support small businesses and residents affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. He also collaborated with community organizations on renters protections and immigration rights.
As Council Member, Chavez represents the most diverse ward in the City of Minneapolis, which is home to two cultural districts, part of 38th Street with a rich African-American history, and East Lake Street with a growing immigrant population. The ward has the largest Urban Indigenous population, the largest Latinx population, a growing East-African community, and a strong LGBTQIA+ community.