Derek Lindblom has had career success in both government and business, driven by a passion to innovate, make a difference, and serve his community. He lives in Lincoln Park with his wife and young son and is an active presence in the community where he’s a leader on several neighborhood boards.
Derek graduated from Harvard College and Law School where he was President of the Law and Policy Review and won the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership. Derek started his career on the United State Senate Judiciary Committee where he was a key adviser to Sen. Charles Schumer and led the drafting of ground-breaking identity theft legislation endorsed by the New York Times and Seattle Times editorial boards. Derek wrote bills and organized coalitions on comprehensive gun safety, civil rights, equal pay, choice, and women’s rights among other issues.
Derek joined Rahm Emanuel’s administration as Chief of Staff of the Mayor’s Economic Council, where he was a senior policy adviser on economic and financial issues. Derek led the City’s winning bid on the $300 million dollar-plus grant to form UI Labs, the University + Industry partnership making Chicago a leader in digital manufacturing and other industries of the future. Derek was a leader in recruiting companies to move to or expand in Chicago, which has resulted in strong business and headquarters growth in Chicago. Derek was also the City’s chief policy negotiator on pension reform issues. Negotiating closely with 28 of 31 City unions, Derek shaped the City’s pension reform legislation, praised by the Chicago Sun Times, Crain’s Chicago, and the Chicago Tribune for bringing balance and improving the stability of the city’s pension system. He made government more efficient by merging the City’s and County’s duplicate workforce training systems, savings millions for taxpayers.
Derek has also helped create and grow businesses. After working as a Case Team Leader in healthcare for the global consulting firm Bain & Company, Derek later began a career helping startups grow and create jobs. Derek worked to help startups support people with chronic diseases, give more people access to quality, easy-to-use healthcare, and help people live healthier and better lives. One health-care company Derek helped found, Livongo, has created over 300 jobs and improved diabetics’ lives by creating cellular-connected blood-sugar meters and other diabetes-management tools.
For his success in doing well by doing good, Derek was spotlighted in a profile by the Chicago Tribune as a rising star to watch.
Derek is an active member of the Lincoln Park community. He serves as Membership Director of Wrightwood Neighbors and has more than doubled the organization’s membership during his tenure. Derek is a gate captain for the Old Town Art Fair and on the board of the 43rd Ward Dems and was chair of the 43rd Ward Judicial Merit Evaluation Committee where for the first time the 43rd Ward Dems did merit evaluations of political judicial candidates. He was also on the City’s Working Families Task Force and helped lead the way in bringing the first guaranteed paid sick leave to Chicago’s families.
Derek and his family love their community and are passionate about the local schools and parks as they work to help build a safe and prosperous community for all residents. When he’s not working, playing basketball, or training for a triathlon, you’re likely to see him in one of our local parks with his son and wife enjoying all our community has to offer.