Thursday, January 13, 2011

Finding Good Mentors: State Rep. Will Burns discusses careers in politics

State Representative Will Burns will be speaking about exploring careers in politics on Tuesday, January 18 at 5710 S. Woodlawn.

Will Burns is currently serving his first term as 26th District State Representative. Currently, Burns is running for Alderman in the 4th Ward which incorporates areas of Oakland, Kenwood, and parts of Hyde Park and Bronzeville.

Prior to serving as State Representative, he served as Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to the Illinois Senate President. In that role, Burns developed legislation for the Senate Democratic Caucus on issues ranging from criminal justice, consumer protection, education, minority business development, and ethics reform. Before working for the Senate President, Burns was the Vice President of Program and Field Offices for the Chicago Urban League. Burns has also served in a number of political and governmental capacities including: Deputy Campaign Manager for Obama for Congress 2000, Campaign Coordinator for the Democratic Party of Illinois, senior advisor and legislative analyst in the Office of the Illinois Senate Minority Leader, and as a community outreach coordinator for then State Senator Barack Obama.

In 2001, Burns was named an American Marshall Memorial Fellow of the German Marshall Fund of the United States.  Burns attended the University of Chicago where he earned his bachelor's and master's degrees. He lives in North Kenwood with his wife Robin N. Black and their daughter Athena.