Illinois Lincoln Excellence in Public Service Series
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Namrita Nelson



Namrita Nelson was born in India, and spent much of her childhood in the Middle East, on the island nation of Bahrain.  She moved to America for school, and had planned on returning to India to work.  However, she met her husband during this time, and her plans changed.  Almost fifteen years have passed, and she is now proud to call Illinois home.  She lives in Arlington Heights with her husband Ben and three children Mira (12), William (10) and Ana (8).

Namrita earned an MBA and CPA and has worked for large manufacturing corporations for nearly seven years. She was lucky to get some great opportunities and worked in financial management for two major corporations Rockwell and Alstom.  In 2003, Namrita took a chance and opened her own business. She grew the business from a single location with one employee to three locations with seven employees. Namrita managed all aspects of the business from advertising and marketing to financial management. She successfully sold this business in September 2009.

After selling the business, Namrita decided to act on her long-standing interest in politics.  She walked into the local Republican office to sign up as a volunteer for the 2010 elections, and she has spent the last year working on several campaigns and issues. Namrita worked on several political campaigns, including ones for newly elected Congressman Robert Dold, and County Board of Review Commissioner Dan Patlak. During this time, she established a core team of people to reach out to smaller ethnic groups that had not traditionally been very politically inclined.   

Namrita currently works as an analyst for Dan Patlak at the Cook County Board of Review.  Namrita is also very involved in community organizations. She has served on the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce Board. She is on the Leadership Committee of the America India Foundation, a group whose mission is to catalyze social and economic change.