Jackie Gunderson

Jackie Gunderson

Mayor of Bloomington, IL

Jackie is a clear-sighted leader who is dedicated to ensuring Bloomington is a welcoming and inclusive city where everyone has a seat at the table. She possesses the motivation, creativity, and leadership skills necessary to serve and represent Bloomington residents. Jackie firmly believes that government should be serving the people it represents, and people should have access to their government. She felt called to run because our local government has some work to do in order to be more transparent and accessible to its residents, and she wants local government to reflect the amazing individuals that call this city home. Jackie wants to bring a fresh perspective of continuous improvement and forward progress, with everyday working people at the center.

Jackie is a Procurement Manager at Illinois State University, responsible for construction and facilities purchases, public bidding and solicitation processes, evaluating proposals, securing contracts, and reporting to the State of Illinois. She has previous leadership experience in environmental, health, safety, and risk management in a manufacturing setting. Outside of her professional roles, she serves as the Director of the Penguin Project of McLean County, a non-profit organization creating unrestricted access to the performing arts for children and young adults with developmental disabilities.