Join WP+D for a special networking breakfast Friday, April 24 from 7:45 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. to discuss professional development and career plans with April's featured guest, Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer!
Noted by MSNBC’s Chuck Todd as a rising star in Illinois politics, Commissioner Gainer was elected to the Cook County Board in 2010. With an MBA from the University of Chicago and a strong background in finance, Bridget’s first act as a County Commissioner was to create Cook County’s first Pension Committee. As Chairman, Commissioner Gainer lead the charge to find a pension reform solution that was fair to both taxpayers and workers. To keep the public engaged, Bridget launched an open-data pension website (www.openpensions.org) where press, public and County employees could go for details on the plans and proposals.
Commissioner Gainer is also credited with the creation of the Cook County Land Bank, the largest geographic land bank in the country and the region’s most comprehensive response to reduce the amount and impact of vacant land and abandoned buildings throughout Cook County.
In addition to Commissioner Gainer’s work with finance and foreclosure, Bridget is taking on regional workforce development by working with community colleges, high schools and businesses to reimagine the apprenticeships programs of prior generations to create a path to sustainable living wage jobs - with or without four year college.
Finally, Commissioner Gainer has devoted special interest to the women and children in the County’s criminal justice system. She fought for a eliminated the practice of separating new mothers awaiting trail from their newborns, lead to the fight to ban shackling pregnant detainees during delivery, created the first citizen advisory Board for the Juvenile Detention Center and continues to lead the fight to reduce the number of non-violent offenders in County Jail.
Most recently, and with the support of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Bridget launched a local chapter of Off The Sidelines here in Chicago to encourage more young women to ‘take their ideas to action’.
This is a members-only event limited to ten participants.
The $10 fee covers the cost of breakfast.
Women in Planning and Development (WP+D) is a non-profit corporation under IRS 501(c)(6) with taxpayer ID 36-3862393.
Donations and dues made to WP+D are not tax deductible.
Women in Planning and Development
P.O. Box 641111 | Chicago, IL 60664-1111