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Barisa Meckler Bruckman Appointed to the Highland Park City Council

Barisa Meckler Bruckman Appointed to the Highland Park City Council


Highland Park, Illinois – Longtime Highland Park resident Barisa Meckler Bruckman has been appointed by Mayor Nancy Rotering to serve on the Highland Park City Council, filling the vacancy left by former Councilmember Jeff Hoobler’s resignation on April 30, 2024. Bruckman’s appointment follows a lengthy deliberation process that saw more than a dozen Highland Park residents apply for consideration. Bruckman was selected after interviews with Mayor Rotering and the full City Council. Her term will run to May, 2025.


“Barisa’s background in public policy and longstanding record of public engagement, including nearly three years’ service on the City’s Plan and Design Commission and professional experience working for local, state, and federal government entities, will be a tremendous asset to our Council,” said Mayor Nancy Rotering. “As a graduate of Highland Park High School who returned to this community to raise a beautiful family, Barisa also understands the priorities and challenges facing many Highland Park residents, particularly the young families who have chosen to make their home here.”

“I am honored to have the opportunity to build on my existing engagement with the City of Highland Park and continue to serve the community I love,” said Bruckman. “I look forward to hitting the ground running working with my Council colleagues and City staff on the important matters that will come before the Council this year.”

A graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Denver, Bruckman holds a Masters of Public Policy and Administration and a Bachelors in Political Science. She currently serves on the City’s Plan and Design Commission, a volunteer position to which she was first appointed in November 2021. Her professional experience includes positions with the United States General Services Administration, the State of Illinois, and the City of Chicago, primarily in human resources administration. Bruckman is also an Obama alumna, having worked for the White House Office of Presidential Personnel, Organizing for America, and the Office of then-Senator Obama. As a parent, she is actively engaged in supporting activities at her children’s schools.

Bruckman will serve on the City Council until a new Councilmember is elected to complete the remaining two years of the vacated term during the April 2025 general municipal election, in line with the Illinois Municipal Code. Under Illinois law, Bruckman may choose to stand for election at that time. Information regarding the April 2025 general municipal election will be available on the City’s website in fall 2024.

For more information, please contact the City Manager’s Office at 847.926.1000 or