Caryn Stancik brings more than 25 years of leadership experience in non-profit and public sector organizations to the Countryside Treasurer’s Office and to her role as chair of the Finance Committee. Stancik has an in-depth understanding of and is exceptionally skilled in public policy, government operations, issues management, community and media relations, and crisis and internal communications.

Throughout her career, Stancik has been responsible for leading a diverse portfolio of staff and service lines from a cable television operation designed to better inform taxpayers to assisting hospitals in implementing sustainability efforts. These experiences included budget and financial management, particularly at the governmental level.

An award winning public relations, marketing and government affairs expert, Stancik relies on the philosophy that effective communication is the key to the success of any initiative. Stancik successfully led the communications strategy that led to a $100 million bond issue allowing the Cook County Forest Preserve District, the Brookfield Zoo and the Chicago Botanic Garden to invest in long-deferred capital maintenance projects and improvements, including the construction of the new educational center at the Little Red Schoolhouse. Stancik also co-authored a report that identified more than $100 million in savings throughout Cook County government.

Stancik holds a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Illinois at Chicago and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale. In 2004, she completed a program for senior executives in state and local government through Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Stancik, her husband and their two daughters have resided in the 2nd Ward since 2000.