My Story

My family and I are proud residents of the 39th Ward. I believe that we have only begun to realize the full potential of the 39th Ward. From public safety to education, and from economic growth to community resources like libraries, we can make our community better than it’s ever been.

As a working mom, active community member, and trained lawyer, I have experience creating real impact in those areas that matter most.

As Alderman of the 39th Ward, I hope to do just that.

I know how to build consensus and turn ideas into action.

I have dedicated my personal and professional life to supporting causes that strengthen communities.

Most recently, I served as the Director of Executive Engagement for the American Board of Medical Specialties (ABMS) where I worked with stakeholders to ensure physicians meet the most rigorous standards to maintain their Board Certification.  Prior to my work at ABMS, I was the Chief of Staff for the Cook County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (DHSEM). While there, I worked with partners across government, business, and non-profit sectors to develop programs that helped communities prepare for and respond to natural and man-made disasters.



Meet Samantha Nugent - Family

Previously, I worked as the Government Affairs Manager for W.W. Grainger where I created large-scale outreach campaigns and worked alongside government to facilitate emergency preparedness. I also served as the Vice-Counsel for Political, Press and Public Affairs for the British Consulate where I served as a conduit between U.S. and UK leaders on key issues while managing policy and communications for the Midwest.

I worked as the Director of Operations and Counsel for Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan’s successful 2006 re-election campaign and a fellow in the office of former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. I have also represented large organizations such as the National League of Cities based in Washington, D.C. and Long Beach Transit, a California-based transportation agency.

As an active community member and trained lawyer, I know how to get things done. 

I received my Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Connecticut and my Juris Doctor from the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.

My husband Rory and I are the proud parents of three children and active in the Queen of All Saints Parish. I was honored to serve on the Queen of All Saints School Council from 2014 to 2017.

A marathon runner, avid reader, and interior design enthusiast, I’m currently working on my green thumb.

I hope you’ll join me in continuing to grow our vibrant 39th Ward community.


Samantha Nugent
Alderman | 39th Ward

Samantha Nugent for 39th Ward Alderman

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