Ann Valencia went from living in supporting housing, to being director of the Office of Legislative Counsel and Government Affairs for Mayor Rahm Emanuel.
“When I came in, he said, ‘You have my respect and you will have their [aldermen’s] respect. That meant a lot for the mayor to . . . have my back in that way. He gives me extreme trust in my decision-making,” said Valencia, who served as field director of Emanuel’s 2011 mayoral campaign, a connection made through her political mentor Scott Fairchild.
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