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July 21, 2011
CONTACT: K.E. Schwab



SRU graduate helps lead Chicago mayor’s legislative plan

When Rahm Emanuel, newly inaugurated mayor of Chicago, took office May 16, he took a piece of The Rock with him – Maria Guerra, a 1996 Slippery Rock University communication graduate. Guerra is serving as first deputy director of the Office of Legislative Counsel and Government Affairs.

Before seeking the mayor’s office, Emanuel had served as White House chief of staff under President Barack Obama. He resigned that post to run for Chicago’s mayor.

In naming Guerra and 10 others to his senior staff, Emanuel said, “I have selected an experienced and diverse group of leaders to help me bring about the reforms Chicagoans voted for. Their expertise will help me implement the ideas laid out in the Chicago 2011 Transition Report and deliver superior services to Chicagoans at a lower cost.”

Guerra had previously served as deputy director over public private partnerships in the Office of the City of Chicago's Chief Financial Officer. Prior to that, she had served as a deputy budget director with responsibility over the city's human infrastructure departments; and as an assistant commissioner in the department of aviation with responsibility over legal and government affairs, according to a story in the Chicago Sun Times.

Guerra began her career in city government as an assistant to the mayor in the city council team of the Mayor's Office of Intergovernmental Affairs.

She earned her juris doctorate and master of business administration degree from DePaul University. She had formerly worked in media and television news production before going to graduate school.

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