Meet the Staff

I have worked diligently to create a team with a wide array of strengths and experience as well as a strong commitment to our community. My staff and I are dedicated to serving you in the areas of city service requests, residential services, business assistance, public safety, education, housing and tenant issues and many others. Please feel free to contact any of our staff at 773-784-5277 or at their email addresses listed below.


Dan Luna, Chief of Staff –
Dan oversees all city service requests and works on behalf of constituents with city departments of transportation, water management, bureau of electricity and more. Dan also works on residential and commercial zoning issues; building permits; infrastructure requests and permits; and special events throughout the Ward.

Jerry Goodman, Assistant to the Alderman, Arts and Sheridan
Jerry is the liaison to arts organizations, theaters and artists who live or are located in the ward.  He works with existing arts groups and new groups looking to start or expand their offerings. Jerry also works on condominium-related issues and assists with condo buildings on Sheridan Road.  He is also the liaison to the Chicago Park District for the Sheridan Road and lakefront parks.  Jerry takes meeting requests and schedules meetings for the Alderman.

Marko Zaric, Assistant to the Alderman, Public Safety  –
Marko works closely with the Chicago Police Department, community members and businesses on issues concerning public safety and crime. Marko works with city departments on graffiti removal, bad buildings and infrastructure improvements relating to safety. He also oversees positive programming for youth throughout the Ward.

PC Gooden-Smiley, Assistant to the Alderman, Youth Initiatives –
PC works on numerous programs to help support the youth of the 48th Ward. She has been a key part of the 2016 Year of the Youth initiative, which seeks to empower, encourage and engage young people in our community. PC also works on community engagement efforts in the Argyle neighborhood.

Ally Brisbin, Assistant to the Alderman, Economic Development & Communications – 
Ally heads up economic development for our office, including business services and business attraction. Ally’s background as a two-time entrepreneur in the community and as a staffer on both the Edgewater and Uptown Chambers of Commerce positions her well to serve the businesses in our ward. Ally also works on our weekly newsletter and other communications to the community.

Ginger Williams, Assistant to the Alderman, Senior  Ginger is closely involved with the Edgewater Senior Village, and connects with the 48th Ward Seniors (age 55 and older) for matters of living full and active lives.

Taylor Heideman, Assistant to the Alderman, Teen Programs Taylor focuses primarily on youth and teen initiatives, striving to provide a voice to youth in the community. She was a key member of the Year of the Youth 2016 initiative as an intern and later joined the team to spearhead a teen center in the community and provide more opportunities for youth of the 48th Ward. She also helps continue the little library initiative in the community.