Meet Jennifer

As a mother of three boys, community leader and immigration attorney, Jennifer will bring smart, common sense leadership to Springfield as a tenacious and pragmatic problem-solver who will fight for our community’s needs and values.

Her family’s experience as immigrants to the United States instilled in her a commitment to public service, which she’s fulfilled as an attorney, on nonprofit boards, and through participation at her synagogue.

Based solely on their nation­ality, the federal gover­nment sought to deport her family. Jennifer’s grandparents immigrated from China in the 1920s, started a business and a family. Based solely on their nationality, the federal government sought to deport them under the Chinese Exclusion Acts. Ultimately, her grandparents gained citizenship and raised her father, who served the country in the military and participated in the civil rights movement.

As a lawyer at Winston and Strawn, Jennifer partnered with the National Immigrant Justice Center to successfully represent victims of child trafficking and forced marriage. As a founding member and co-chair of the Illinois Unaccompanied Children’s Task Force, Jennifer brought immigration advocates and law enforcement together to protect vulnerable children. These experiences led Jennifer to the Highland Park – Highwood Legal Aid Clinic where, as the first Director of the immigration law practice, she developed the capacity, policies and procedures to meet the needs of Dreamers and other low income residents of the community.

Our democracy thrives when all voices have equal oppor­tunity to be heard. Jennifer served as a board member of the Glenview Education Foundation where she supported investments in STEM projects to promote science and technology learning in D34 public schools. Jennifer is a member of the Social Justice Committee of Northfield’s Temple Jeremiah and an active supporter of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.

Jennifer’s life experience and family background give her a unique ability to build connections and find common ground among different perspectives. She knows that our democracy thrives when all voices have equal opportunity to be heard. As state representative, Jennifer will bring those voices into the ongoing debate on critical issues in Illinois. Solutions to seemingly intractable problems will be resolved only if lawmakers are willing to see past differences and work together.

Education and Experience

  • Masters
    International Human Rights Law
    Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law
  • Law Degree, with honors
    Loyola University Chicago School of Law
  • B.A., Journalism
    Indiana University
  • Director
    Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic
  • Former Litigation Associate
    Winston and Strawn
  • Former Board Member
    Glenview Education Foundation
  • Former Board Member
    Heartland Alliance
  • Pro Bono Leadership Award
    Chicago Bar Association
  • Speaker & Honoree
    UN World Refugee Day
  • Social Justice Committee
    Temple Jeremiah