I have deep roots in this community. I was born and raised in Rolling Meadows, where my parents were among the city’s original residents. I was educated in the area’s public schools – Central Road Elementary and Carl Sandburg Junior High in District 15, and Rolling Meadows High School in District 214.
The education I received at our local public schools prepared me well for my future. I attended the University of Chicago, earning a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s degree and Ph.D. in political science.
I spent the next 30 years pursuing a career as an academic and a business researcher that that took me all over the country and gave me deep experience in education and the workings of the health care marketplace. After a research fellowship at the Government Data Center at Harvard University, I taught political science at the University of Iowa. I left academia in 1999 and moved to California to work as a market researcher, primarily in the health care field. I worked with Kaiser Foundation Health Plan and Hospitals in Oakland, California, and with Blue Shield of California conducting research that was used to better understand employers, members and brokers as customers and patients. In 2011, I joined YouGov America, an internet public opinion firm in Silicon Valley, as an operations executive and as vice president of YouGov Healthcare. In late 2014 I made the decision to move back to Rolling Meadows to start my own research firm.
I hope to draw upon my experience to be an effective representative for the 54th district. By the very nature of the work I do, I’ve learned to craft compromise with others through honest communication and persuasion. As a market researcher, I often find myself having to deliver bad news to people in positions of power, and then convince them that it is wise to change course. These skills, which I acquired through long experience in the business world, are essential to the work of responsible lawmakers who know their job is to put the needs of their constituents ahead of divisive, partisan politics.
I am running for state representative because I know we can do better for the 54th district, by working together in the state legislature for the interests of all Illinois residents. We need to make sure Illinois families have access to affordable health care and quality public education. We need to pursue fiscal responsibility and fair taxation, while continuing to meet our obligations and provide critical state services. We need to focus on ensuring equal rights for all our residents.