Member Spotlight:
November 2021

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Alex Galindo is a Business Administrative Associate at the Center for Governmental Studies at Northern Illinois University on the Association Management team. She maintains all finances for the Illinois City/County Management Association (ILCMA) and its affiliates, including Legacy Project, as well as the Wisconsin City/County Manager Association (WCMA), and the Midwest Leadership Institute. She also helps to manage and assist in the coordination of multiple associations’ programs and activities with the goal of fostering member growth and development and maintaining member satisfaction.

Prior to joining NIU, Alex was the staff accountant at Resource Bank, N.A. Alex earned a B.S. in business administration from Northern Illinois University.

As a female in local government, what do you feel as changed over the last several years? 
Over the last several years, I have seen a greater focus on mental health and well-being. I also think remote work has renewed focus on work-life balance.   
Did you see yourself becoming a public servant when you were growing up? If not, what else did you picture yourself doing? 
Public service was never really something I thought about growing up.I really thought I was going to be veterinarian but realized that I didn’t have the stomach for that.I did always see myself in a service role, though.

Has there been a local government leader or local elected official who made a difference in your career or life, whether a close mentor or someone that you looked up to? What did they teach you?  
There have been too many to count.  I’m inspired all the time by our members’ commitment to their communities, their profession and their association.  The drive and passion for public service also runs deep with my colleagues at the Center for Governmental Studies.  They’ve taught me the power in working collaboratively.
What advice do you have for people who are looking to work in a public service role? 
Join professional organizations, find mentors and be a mentor!  Your colleagues can be a vital resource for your career.
What accomplishments, big or small, have you celebrated recently?
I recently celebrated 10 years at the Center for Governmental Studies.  It is really a great place to work, with great people working on innovative and diverse projects to support communities, and I am proud to be a part of it.
How long have you been part of the Legacy Project? and what do you hope to obtain while being a part of this organization? 
I’ve been a part of Legacy Project from the start.  It was founded shortly after I started working at the Center.  My hope is that by participating in the organization I can continue to support women working in local government.

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