Bridget Gainer, ’02
Commissioner, Tenth District
Cook County Board of Commissioners
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, Commissioner Gainer’s first act as a County Commissioner was to create Cook County’s first Pension Committee. She also created the Cook County Land Bank, the region’s most comprehensive response to reduce the amount and impact of vacant land and abandoned buildings throughout Cook County.
Commissioner Gainer is creating a new asset for workforce development by bringing together local schools and businesses to reimagine apprenticeships. She believes that if the United States is going to be a leader in the global labor market, we have to ensure our job training today looks more like the economy of tomorrow.
Most recently, with the support of US Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Commissioner Gainer launched a Chicago chapter of Off the Sidelines to encourage more young women to “take their ideas to action” and has quickly grown the organization to 2,500 members.
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