New leadership for the Southland & Cook County
Monica Gordon is a dedicated community advocate whose priorities include equitable education and strengthening economic development in the Southland. She was recently elected to serve as a trustee on the Prairie State College board and she currently serves as the Director of Government Affairs and Community Relations at Chicago State University. Prior to that, Monica served as Executive Director for the Illinois Legislative Black Caucus Foundation for over 2 years. She took a leave of absence to focus on a political campaign for Illinois State Senate of the 40th district.
With roots in Chicago, Monica has resided in Flossmoor since 2011. Beginning in 2001, her graduate studies and career led her to live in the Southland. Monica remembers being impressed over 20 years ago with the South Suburban Airport’s capacity to be a catalyst for new streams of revenue, quality jobs and related business development. The then intern with WGN-TV listened to Jesse Jackson Jr.’s research-based arguments for the SSA and continues advocating for its completion.
Monica credits her background as a territory manager in the medical and pharmaceutical industries with broadening her perspective on equal access to quality healthcare, particularly controlling the cost of medications and increasing trauma centers.
Monica serves on various nonprofit boards such as the Chicago Southland Economic Development Corporation, Girls 4 Science and the JASSAC foundation. She has a bachelor of arts degree in journalism from Northern Illinois University and a master of arts degree in Communications and Training from Governors State University. Monica is also the founder and President of EQ Capital Consulting LLC, a firm that specializes in emotional intelligence assessment and training, speech communication, political consulting and fundraising. Her hobbies include boxing, writing, politics, continuous learning and professional development.