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Naperville sustainability consultant chosen to fill vacant District 5 seat on DuPage County Board – Chicago Tribune

Naperville resident Amy Phillips was sworn in Tuesday to fill the vacant District 5 seat on the DuPage County Board.

After weeks of reviewing applicants, DuPage County Chairman Dan Cronin chose Phillips to fill the seat previously held by Amy Chavez, who resigned a month ago because she was moving out of state.

Phillips’ appointment was unanimously approved by the County Board. She will serve the remainder of the term, which expires Dec. 5.

The Nov. 8 general election will determine who will replace Phillips.

On the ballot for the three open seats in District 5 are incumbent Democrats Dawn DeSart and Sadia Covert, Democratic candidate Saba Haider and Republican Patricia “Patty” Gustin, a Naperville City Council member.

In nominating Phillips, Cronin highlighted her passion for helping people and accomplishing common goals.

“Ms. Phillips desires to work collaboratively, identifying problems and finding common sense solutions at the local level. I believe her experience within the District 5 community and her professional expertise will make Ms. Phillips an excellent addition to the board,” Cronin said in a news release.

Because Chavez, of Naperville, was a Democrat, Cronin was required by state election law to appoint a new member from the same political party within 60 days of Chavez’s resignation. Her last day was Aug 16.

Phillips will serve on the same county committees to which Chavez was assigned, including the Community Development Commission, Economic Development Committee, Environmental Committee, Finance Committee, Intergovernmental Committee, Technology Committee and Ad Hoc Diversity and Inclusion Committee.

In her professional life, Phillips is a licensed architect, sustainability consultant, naturalist and educator with expertise in biomimicry and systemic resilience.

She works as the youth programs manager for the Conservation Foundation in Naperville and is a member of the executive committee of the Naperville Environment and Sustainability Task Force, serving as chairwoman of the Natural Resources Committee.

Previously she worked as a network leader with Biominicry Chicago and was a senior sustainability technical consultant with Terrapin Bright Green in New York, New York.

Phillips holds three master’s degrees, including business administration and architecture from the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana and in biomimicry from Arizona State University.

District 5 includes parts of Naperville, Aurora, Lisle, Woodridge and Warrenville.

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