Nancy was raised by a single mother of four who struggled and sacrificed for her kids. Her mother, a Chicago Public School teacher for 35 years, set a strong example for her children and taught them the value of education. Nancy began babysitting after school at the age of 12 to help ease the burden for her mother. Nancy worked hard and paid her own way through college and then law school. Her determination was rewarded. Nancy started her legal career at a top law firm in Chicago where she worked her way up to partner. Eleven years ago, branching out on her own, Nancy started her own law firm which is located in Logan Square and provides good-paying jobs right here in our community.
While advancing her professional career in the private sector, Nancy still found time to stay involved with the community. She served on the Board of Directors of The AIDS Legal Council of Chicago at a time when the response to the AIDS epidemic was fear and panic. Nancy made a natural transition to public service. In fact, a fight against backroom deals and political insiders first led Nancy to seek elected office. Nancy currently serves as the 35th Ward Democratic Committeeman and is an independent voice on the committee.
Nancy will use her experience fighting for our neighborhoods to protect our interests in Springfield. As state representative, Nancy will work to find common sense solutions to help local businesses and hard-working families thrive. During the depth of the recession, Nancy successfully led the fight against an additional tax on local business owners that could have forced them to shut their doors. When Brentano Math and Science Academy was placed on the Chicago Public Schools’ close list, Nancy stood alongside Logan Square United for Brentano and the Chicago Teachers Union, to keep it open.
A lifelong Chicagoan, Nancy attended the University of Illinois and received a degree in speech communications. She graduated from DePaul University College of Law where she was a member of law review. Nancy has created a successful law career for herself, negotiating multi-million dollar transactions and providing pro-bono legal counsel for those in need. Recognizing the importance of arts in the community, she has tirelessly sought resources for a local not-for-profit arts organization.
Nancy has a twelve year old son who attends Chicago Public Schools.