JB Pritzker Announces Transition
Committee and Chief of Staff
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[November 08, 2018]
After winning yesterday’s gubernatorial election by 15 points,
today, Governor-elect JB Pritzker announced his Transition Committee
and his administration’s Chief of Staff. Serving as his Transition
Committee Chair is Lieutenant Governor-elect Juliana Stratton and
campaign manager Anne Caprara will serve as chief of staff.
“I am honored to be chairing the transition committee with a
remarkable group of leaders who represent the diversity and strength
of our state,” said Lieutenant Governor-elect Juliana Stratton.
“From day one, JB and I have made a commitment to making sure
Illinoisans across the state have a seat at the table as we build an
administration to put Springfield back on the side of working
For those interested in positions with the administration, they can
apply online at:
TRANSITION COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Chair, Lieutenant Governor-elect Juliana Stratton
Co-Chair, Barbara Bowman
Co-Chair, Mike Carrigan
Co-Chair, Former Governor Jim Edgar
Co-Chair, Sol Flores
Co-Chair, Marty Nesbitt
TRANSITION COMMITTEE STAFF
Chief of Staff, Anne Caprara
Transition Director, Nikki Budzinski
Deputy Transition Director, Sean Rapelyea
Senior Advisor, Former Comptroller Dan Hynes
Senior Advisor, State Representative Christian Mitchell
Senior Advisor, Michael Sacks
Counsel, Jesse Ruiz
TRANSITION COMMITTEE MEMBERS
Chair - Lieutenant Governor-elect Juliana Stratton - State
Representative Juliana Stratton has been serving the public, solving
problems, and fighting for what’s right throughout her career. As a
state representative for the 5th District, Stratton has worked to
reform our criminal justice system, raise the minimum wage, and
protect a woman’s right to choose. As the Director of the Center for
Public Safety and Justice at the University of Illinois at Chicago,
she worked to build trust between law enforcement officers and the
communities they serve. She graduated with a B.S. from University of
Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a J.D. from DePaul University and
is a proud former delegate at the Illinois Women’s Institute for
Leadership. Stratton was born and raised on the South Side of
Chicago and currently resides in Bronzeville.
Co-Chair Barbara Bowman is a nationally recognized advocate
for early childhood education and is the Co-Founder of the Erikson
Institute and an Irving B. Harris Professor of Child Development.
She has worked as Chief Officer for early childhood education for
the Chicago Public Schools and served as a consultant to U.S.
Secretary of Education during President Obama’s first term. She is a
professor, author and award winner.
Co-Chair Michael Carrigan is currently president of the
Illinois AFL-CIO and will be a partner in putting Springfield back
on the side of working families. He has served as
Secretary-Treasurer of the Illinois AFL-CIO for seven years before
becoming president. Prior, he was Business Manager and Financial
Secretary for IBEW Local 146 in Decatur from 1992 to 2000. Carrigan
served as a journeyman wireman in Decatur before becoming Assistant
Business Manager of Local 146.
Co-Chair Former Governor Jim Edgar served as the 38th
Governor of Illinois and brings decades of government experience to
his role on the transition. During his time as governor, he
eliminated a backlog of $1 billion of unpaid health care bills,
provided income tax relief and left an unprecedented $1.5 billion in
the treasury for his successor. After retiring from elective office,
he has continued his commitment to responsible and responsive
government as a distinguished fellow at the University of Illinois'
Institute of Government and Public Affairs and he spearheads the
Edgar Fellows program.
Co-Chair Sol Flores is an emerging leader in her community
with a strong knowledge of the social service structure. She is
Founding Executive Director of La Casa Norte and founded the
organization in 2002. La Casa Norte is a nonprofit organization that
provides housing and social services to homeless Latino and African
American youth and families in Chicago. She was raised by a single
mother who came to Chicago from Puerto Rico and has been recognized
as a national Champion of Change for her work by the Obama White
Co-Chair Marty Nesbitt will bring his extensive business
experience to focus on creating jobs and building an inclusive
economy that works for everyone. Nesbitt is the Co-CEO of the
Vistria Group, LLC and prior to that was the CEO of the Parking
Spot, an executive with Pritzker Realty Group, L.P and an Equity
Vice President and Investment Manager at LaSalle Partners. He was
also the National Treasurer of President Obama’s 2008 and 2012
presidential campaigns. Martin serves on the Board of Directors of
FowardLine Financial and Vanta Education. He serves on the Board of
Directors of CenterPoint Energy, Norfolk Southern Corporation and
American Airlines Groups, he is a Trustee of Chicago’s Museum of
Contemporary Art and Chairman of the Barack Obama Foundation.
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TRANSITION COMMITTEE STAFF
Anne Caprara will serve as Chief of Staff for the administration and
senior advisor during the transition. Anne Caprara recently served as campaign
manager for JB Pritzker and Juliana Stratton’s gubernatorial campaign. Caprara
is a political professional with over 17 years of experience in Democratic
campaigns and legislative offices, Caprara has managed and consulted with
candidates and elected officials at every level of state and federal government.
Caprara served as chief of staff to Congresswoman Betsy Markey’s from 2008 until
2010. Before that, Caprara served as Chief of Staff for Ohio Congresswoman Betty
Sutton. Caprara also served as political director of the Democratic Senatorial
Campaign Committee and Executive Director of Priorities USA during the 2016
election cycle. She obtained her Masters degree from George Washington
University and her undergraduate degree from American University.
Nikki Budzinski will serve as Transition Director. Nikki Budzinski served
as Senior Advisor to the JB Pritzker for Governor campaign. Budzinski led JB
Pritzker’s exploratory effort for Governor and in her latest role she advised
the campaign on political strategy, messaging and outreach. From 2015-2016,
Budzinski served as the Labor Campaign Director on Hillary Clinton’s 2016
Presidential Campaign. Prior, Budzinski worked in the labor movement for ten
years in Washington, DC, working for the Laborers International Union of North
America, International Association of Fire Fighters and United Food and
Commercial Workers Unions. Budzinski is a Peoria native and worked for
Comptroller Dan Hynes from 1999-2004 in Springfield, Illinois, serving in
numerous roles within the Office of the Comptroller and working on both
Comptroller Hynes’ reelection campaign and the 2004 U.S. Senator primary
Sean Rapelyea will serve as Deputy Transition Director. Sean Rapelyea
served as Political Director for JB for Governor He previously served as
Illinois Political Director for the Hillary For America campaign during the
general election, where she garnered a 17–point win margin. Rapelyea previously
served as Deputy Director of Government Affairs for the Office of the Mayor in
Chicago after working as a Regional Field Director and Advisor to Mayor Rahm
Emanuel’s 2011 and 2015 re-election campaigns. In 2010, he worked on Arkansas
Senator’s Blanche Lincoln’s primary, runoff, and general election campaign.
Former Comptroller Dan Hynes will serve as a senior advisor. Dan Hynes
currently serves as a senior executive at UBS Asset Management in Chicago, after
a distinguished 12-year career in public service as the Comptroller for the
State of Illinois. Hynes was elected Comptroller in 1998 as the youngest state
constitutional officer since World War II. He was re-elected in 2002 and 2006 by
wide margins. In 2011, President Barack Obama named Hynes as the United States
Observer to the International Fund for Ireland, which makes investments in
Northern Ireland for the purpose of promoting peace and stability in the region.
Hynes also serves a member of the Democratic National Committee.
State Representative Christian Mitchell will serve as a senior advisor.
Christian Mitchell is the State Representative for the 26th District and
Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Illinois. Mitchell began his
career as a community organizer, working with churches on the south side of
Chicago. He went on to become a trusted advisor to reform minded political
leaders. He served as a deputy field director on Lisa Madigan’s re-election
campaign, managed the city council race of former 4th Ward Alderman Will Burns,
and was Midwest Paid Media and Polling Director for President Obama’s
re-election campaign in 2012. He has consulted for State Assembly and
Congressional races across the country, and was a Senior Advisor to Senator
Tammy Duckworth’s successful 2016 race. Before being elected to office, Mitchell
also served on senior staff for Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle.
Michael Sacks will serve as a senior advisor. Sacks is the Chairman and
CEO of GCM Grosvenor. Grosvenor specializes in the management of multimanager
investment portfolios and is a leader in the alternative investment industry.
Prior to joining Grosvenor in 1990 he was an Associate with Harris Associates,
L.P. He graduated from Tulane University and received his M.B.A and Juris Doctor
from Northwestern University. He serves as the Vice Chairman of the World
Business Chicago Board of Director and is active in various philanthropic and
community activities. He and his wife, Cari have three children.
Jesse Ruiz will serve as counsel to the transition. Ruiz is a Partner at
Drinker Biddle and is the President of Chicago Park District Board of
Commissioners. He currently serves as a member of the firm’s Diversity and
Inclusion Committee. Ruiz has served as Vice President of Chicago Board of
Education and Chairman of the Illinois State Board of Education and President of
the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois. He was appointed to serves on the
U.S. Department of Education Equity and Excellence Commission.