Alderman Ashanti Hamilton is a native of Milwaukee. The eldest of six, he is a natural born leader. He grew up on East Auer Avenue on the north side of Milwaukee and attended Riverside High School, where he was a leader in many activities, including track and football. He was known for his activism at an early age.
After high school, he attended Marquette University, and while there he joined several organizations, including Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity Inc. He was a part of and worked for Marquette's Educational Opportunity Program and the Upward Bound Program. He continued his activism through various forms of expression like poetry, the Milwaukee 10,000 Man March, and the Million Man March, working directly with local and national organizers. Ashanti received his B.A. degree in English and became a teacher. He went beyond the call of duty with his students -- becoming an advisor, mentor, and friend. He coached track and football, assisting many of his athletes to reach their full potential.
Ashanti earned his Juris Doctorate degree from Thurgood Marshall Law School at Texas Southern University.
Ashanti was elected to the Milwaukee Common Council in 2004 and re-elected in 2008 by an overwhelming margin. In April 2012 he was re-elected to a third term without an opponent.
As an elected official, Ashanti Hamilton has sponsored several successful pieces of legislation, and some of that legislation has made quite an impact on how city government manages contracts and how minority vendors are selected.
Ashanti is married with five children—all bright and beautiful girls.