Anne Griffin joins Women for Rauner coalition

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In his bid for governor, Republican Bruce Rauner is announcing all sorts of new coalitions of late including Tuesday’s roll out of the Women for Rauner coalition that includes the wife of his top donor and the running mate of his main primary opponent.

Anne Dias Griffin, the founder and Managing Partner of Aragon Global Management, was listed among the women who are part of the Women for Rauner coalition. On Sunday, the campaign announced a Latino coalition anchored by Rauner running mate Evelyn Sanguinetti. Griffin’s husband, Ken Griffin, is Rauner’s biggest donor, having given more than $3.5 million in cash and in-kind contributions.

Also part of the women coalition is state Rep. Jil Tracy, R-Quincy, who ran against Rauner as Kirk Dillard’s running mate in a bitter primary battle.

Here’s some of the list:

Trisha Rooney Alden — Founder, President, CEO

R4 Services LLC, member of the University of Chicago Hospital’s Board of Trustees, Director of the Chicago Public Library Foundation and a founding member of A Better Chicago.

Jovita Carranza — Founder and president of The JCR Group; serves on the American Cancer Corporate Advisory Council, SCORE Association Board, Alverno College Trustee.

Beth Christie – Founder of Avent America and angel investor in small start-ups.

Susan Crown – Chairman of Owl Creek Partners, LLC; Chairman and Founder of Susan Crown Exchange; serves on the boards of Illinois Tool Works and Northern Trust Corporation, and as a Vice-Chair of Rush University Medical Center, Director of CARE USA, and Trustee of the Chicago Public Education Fund.

Elizabeth Coulson – Former medical school Professor and Department Chair; served as an elected State Representative from Chicago’s North Shore suburbs and currently consults on health care and education policy and serves on several charity boards.

Deb DeHaas – Chief inclusion officer and national managing partner of the Center for Corporate Governance for Deloitte LLP.

Loleta Didrickson – Honorable Loleta Didrickson has extensive public sector experience as Illinois State Comptroller, Governor’s Cabinet as Director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security and Member of the Illinois House of Representatives.

Carol Smith Donovan — Vice Chairman of the Illinois Republican Party; President of Smith & Donovan Confections Inc.

Laura Bianchi Eikenmeyer – CEO of Refractory Service Corporation and founder of Urban Child Academy.

Lula Ford – Former Chicago public school teacher, principal and administrator, public school reform activist, and the first African American appointed to the Illinois Commerce Commission in its 95-year history.

Sue Gin — Founder and CEO of Chicago-based Flying Food Group LLC.

Keith Goldstein – Director of Strategic Planning for Get In Chicago, member of the Board of Directors of the Ounce of the Prevention Fund and a member of the Foundation Board of the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

Anne Dias Griffin — Founder and Managing Partner of Aragon Global Management, serves as a trustee of the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Lurie Children’s Memorial Hospital, and the Museum of Modern Art.

Willard Helander – Licensed attorney and the Lake County Clerk.

Leslie Hindman – CEO of Leslie Hindman Auctioneers, one of the leading fine art auction houses in the US.

Dolores Kohl — Founder, President and CEO of the Kohl Children’s Museum.

Tonia Khouri — Owner of Green T Services, a service company with six separate divisions. Elected to the DuPage County Board in 2012.

Laura Kotelman – Business Development Manager at Sidley Austin LLP, serves on the Board of Governors of the Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series.

Jeonging Liu – Asia Dynamics Inc./ADI Medical; actively involved in CAAGC (Chinese American Association of Greater Chicago), MAHA (Midwest Asian Health Association), TACCGC (Taiwanese American Chamber of Commerce of Greater Chicago), and TBAC (Taiwanese Benevolent Association in Chicago).

Namrita Nelson – Namrita Nelson is an MBA with a diverse work background. She has worked for Fortune 500 businesses, in local government, and as an entrepreneur, she started and run her own business. She has worked extensively with several local organizations, including the American India Foundation, the Illinois Lincoln Series (where she is currently serving as Treasurer) and the Housing Commission for the Village of Arlington Heights.

Kathy Parker – Served as Northfield Township Tax Accessor, member of The Board of the Regional Transportation Authority, Chair of The Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board in Washington DC and Senator of The 29th District.

Deb Quazzo — Founder and Managing Partner of GSV Advisors; formerly served on the Chicago boards of KIPP (Knowledge Is Power Program), New Schools for Chicago, Teach for America, and the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE).

Sugar Rautbord – Best-selling novelist, senior writer for Huffington Post, Founder and President of Sugar Rautbord Public Relations Inc.

Vonita Reescer — President at VDR and Associates, LLC; serves on the Sustaining Board of The Theater School for DePaul University Since 1995, Board of Trustee for the National Museum of Mexican Art 2012 &2013 President of The Service Club of Chicago, The Parkways Foundation Benefit Committee, and a member of The Chicago Academy for The Performing Arts Benefit Board.

Darlene Ruscitti — Regional Superintendent of Schools for DuPage County, co-founder of Workforce Development Board; recipient of the Latinos United Excellence in Education Award and the NAACP, ROE Staff of the Year.

Jil Tracy – Former Assistant Attorney General and current State Representative of the 93rd District; serves on pension committee and the Legislative Ethics Commission.

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