A proud native of Chicago’s South Side, Adrienne Irmer has been a passionate champion of social causes for over 16 years; her professional work has crossed all sectors, including electoral campaign work at all levels of government. Adrienne currently serves on the legislative staff for Cook County with the Cook County Bureau of Asset Management.

Adrienne received her bachelor’s in Biology from MIT (2004), and, as a National Urban Fellow (2014), Adrienne received her MPA and served as Special Assistant to the City Manager for the City of Beverly Hills, CA.  Although a Biologist (by undergraduate degree), Adrienne has applied her highly-tuned critical thinking and analytical skills to the study of the dynamic and complex systems that are communities, in the arenas of public policy, community & economic development, advocacy/activism, and community & government affairs. 

Adrienne is a 2018 Emerging Leader with the Chicago Council on Global Affairs, a 2017 Political Partner with the Truman National Security Project, 2017 Fellow of the Chicago Urban League IMPACT Leadership Development Program, and is the Chapter Co-Director for New Leaders Council, Chicago. 

Adrienne’s civic leadership includes: the Executive Board of Chicago Social Change, the Junior Executive Board for South Central Community Services, Inc., the Advisory Board to the Chicago Ideas Week YOU(th) Program, and the Junior Executive Board for the Better Boys Foundation on Chicago’s West Side.


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