Ana Mendez McGuinnes: Candidate For Northbrook Trustee

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Ana Mendez McGuinnes

Ana has resided in Northbrook since 2012. Ana and her husband Bill are parents to seven.  As a wife of a Northbrook first responder, she is passionate about how our police and fire departments are funded and treated. Protecting and ensuring the safety of Northbrook residents is a part of her life and she has a calling to help their communities in public service.  Ana became a member of Guild 213 in St. Norbert church, which recently joined together with the Our Lady of the Brook Parish. Ana admires the Guild’s community programs within the church and loves her “hood” and how she has been accepted and embraced by the Northbrook community since her arrival. Ana is passionate in her pursuit of giving back and doing her part to make this community a better place for ALL families of Northbrook.

Ana was born and raised in Mexico City, Mexico. She has obtained two law degrees during her studies; one from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico graduating Valedictorian and admitted in 1992 and one from DePaul University graduating Magna Cum Laude in 2017. Ana also carries a Masters Degree in corporations from Universidad Panamerica, along with also completing additional studies and workshops in the University of Chicago and for negotiations in Harvard Law School. She started her career in Mexico as intern at the General Bureau that served as liaison between the Consumer Protection Agency and the Attorney General’s Office because she has always been an advocate of people’s rights.

Ana was an Associate at Baker & McKenzie’s Mexico City office for 6 years before becoming a founding partner of another law firm. She specializes in mergers and acquisitions joint ventures and obtaining and negotiating incentives for subsidiaries of mainly U.S. and European companies in Mexico.  It wasn’t until 2012 that Ana was invited by one of her clients to come work for them in the United States. Ana is proud of becoming a U.S. citizen in February 2020.

When Ana is not working she enjoys spending time with her family and their three rescue animals - two dogs, and a cat. She also loves to explore new places and immerse herself into local culture when traveling. Ana relaxes by reading and hydroponic gardening.

We want to maintain focus on the village and community issues,

which includes amending the currently passed affordable housing ordinance to prioritize housing for local seniors and people with disabilities while receiving the input of the residents for these plans. We want to revitalize Northbrook Court and find a development alternative for the now vacant Green Acres golf course. We want to support and fund our first responders.