Village President David Pope has nominated Elizabeth Brady, a 10-year Oak Park resident with a strong corporate background and a minor role in the New Leadership Party (NLP) campaign, to serve out the remaining two years of his trustee term.
Pope said Tuesday afternoon that he expects Brady to receive unanimous, or near-unanimous, support at a board meeting tonight.
Brady first came to Pope's attention after she submitted her qualifications to him as part of the search process. Pope said he was impressed by her experience with performance measurement and her strong financial background. Brady is an Operations Management Executive at 3Com Corporation, with a degree in business economics and public policy.
Brady's name was also raised by other members of the board, Pope said. Brady said she supported the NLP campaign, but did less intensive campaign work, such has hosting a coffee and posting a lawn sign. She was also a member of the board of directors of REDCOOP, a local political organization.
Pope said he had originally hoped to nominate someone who did not have any prior experience in local politics, but said that ultimately proved nearly impossible.
"[Brady] is an example of the kind of person who would be a valuable board member but who don't do it because of the time commitment, or because the political process is filled with uncertainty," he said.
Brady said she's unsure if she will be interested in running for election when her appointed term expires, but is looking forward to serving for the next two years.
"People come to Oak Park because of diversity and good schools. We need to look at how we can sustain Oak Park without breaking the bank. We have a lot more in common than we have differences," she said.