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Chicago insider

Jeanne Reidy, Comm ’10, has no time for second guessing in this Second City position.

Few people have the minute-by-minute schedule of the mayor of one of the country’s biggest cities at their fingertips. But as executive assistant to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Reidy does.

She knows where Emanuel is every hour of every day. And he could be a lot of places speaking at a morning breakfast and press briefing, meeting with city leaders over lunch, representing Chicagoans’ interests at an evening reception.

Reidy joined the campaign to elect Emanuel in January 2011, working as a part-time volunteer. She was interning for a PR firm during the day but grew to crave the electrifying, and frenetic, feel of campaign work.

“I found the environment so exciting,” she says. “I would go to the campaign office after work and help out whenever I could.”

Her commitment earned more than praise. It landed a job. Reidy was hired full time with the rest of the mayor’s transition team and has been part of the city’s most powerful political office since.

“As you might imagine, there’s definitely not a 9-to-5 element in this job,” she says. “But I don’t say this lightly: Where the mayor is coming from it’s 100 percent passion. No matter how long my day is, his day is longer.”

Reidy says Marquette prepared her for tough days and nights.

“There were clear expectations. I learned how to be organized and plan ahead,” she says. “As a result, I am confident in what I’m doing and stand by my decisions.” Becky Dubin Jenkins


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