Bucktown Roots

Churchill Field

As a long-time Bucktown resident, I’ve seen many transformations in our neighborhood and ward. I have lived in Bucktown for over ten years, and my family has called Wicker Park-Bucktown their home for many generations. I helped organize and coach underprivileged kids in Little League baseball at Churchill Park and basketball at Wicker Park, giving them an alternative to joining a gang. I am also a parishioner at St. Hedwig’s Church.

Global View

On my way to work during Peace Corps service.

After college, I served for two years as a volunteer for my country in the U.S. Peace Corps in Kenya, Africa.  I worked with various women’s groups to build health clinics and water supplies, and provided training in primary health with UNICEF and a Catholic Mission hospital. During my free time, I coached the local high school basketball team and trained long distance runners. I remain active with the Chicago Area Returned Peace Corps Association, CAPCA, an organization that works for world peace, with an emphasis on “Bringing the World Back Home” after service overseas.

I was drawn back to my hometown Chicago, where I worked at the Kirkland & Ellis law firm and later obtained my law degree at the Chicago-Kent College of Law, Illinois Institute of Technology.

Kosovo-Kent Team in the field

Upon graduation, I helped create and implement Global Chicago, to foster global collaboration with Chicago’s many economic, cultural, and intellectual institutions. I worked with the Dean of Chicago-Kent, Hank Perritt, on projects involving the U.S. State Department, the American Bar Association ABA-CEELI, and various governments in the Balkans. We developed nation-building projects that assisted the War Crimes Tribunal in the former Yugoslavia, established a rule of law, and worked on economic development projects. I served as an advisor to the President of Kosovo and the interim government after the end of the Kosovo War.

Closer to Home

In addition to my extensive experience in foreign fields, I also have the experience the 32nd Ward requires to manage a community’s needs at the local level and citywide.

Preparing to head to Louisiana with a small group providing tons of supplies for Hurricane Katrina Relief

I worked briefly as a city administrator in Berwyn, Illinois. As Berwyn’s city administrator, I helped introduce fiscal responsibility, saving the city millions of dollars; increased the value and quality of first responders by funding needed improvements; and improved the city administration so that it is more efficient, more effective, and more responsive to the needs of its residents.

As 32nd Ward Alderman in the City of Chicago, I work on several  City Council Committees. I am working with citizens, neighborhood and business organizations, our neighboring aldermen and the mayor to improve the 32nd Ward and the City of Chicago by finding solutions to the issues we all face and by providing the best city services possible.