Nancy Rodkin Rotering is the first female mayor of Highland Park, IL. She was elected in April 2011 and re-elected in 2015. She served as a Highland Park City Councilman from 2009-2011.
Nancy’s dedication to public service spans decades. Active in the local and greater community, Nancy founded the Highland Park-Highwood Legal Aid Clinic, providing legal services in the areas of housing, immigration and domestic violence, free of charge. She also serves on a broad range of civic and philanthropic commissions, boards and committees.
Her work in the community has been recognized. Nancy was honored as the 2013 Rotary Humanitarian of the Year. In 2014, Today’s Chicago Woman named Nancy to their 100 Women of Inspiration, and she was named to the Forty over 40 list in Forbes. Nancy was awarded the 2006 Robert Barnard Pillar Award by the Highland Park Human Relations Commission for her work on behalf of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation and as the founder of the Environmental Education Program (EEP) for North Shore District 112 Schools.
As an attorney and businesswoman, Nancy began her career as a member of the Treasurer’s staff at General Motors Corporation. She joined McDermott Will & Emery as an attorney working on health care matters involving corporate transactions, taxation, white-collar crime, real estate and regulation. In 2008, Nancy shifted her focus to government work and served as a Legislative Aide to State Representative Karen May.
Nancy grew up in Highland Park and is a graduate of Highland Park public schools. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Economics at Stanford University, an MBA at Northwestern University and a law degree at the University of Chicago. She and her husband Rob returned to Highland Park and are raising their four boys here.