Meet Our Transition Team

We’ll be ready to get to work on January 9.

Here are the leaders guiding our transition into office.

Cheri Bustos

Moline, Illinois Congresswoman – Illinois’ 17th Congressional District

Cheri, who is serving her fifth term in Congress, is a member of the Democratic House Leadership team. In 2018, she was elected Chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee and secured party control of the U.S. House in 2020. Cheri has also served on the powerful House Appropriations Committee and is an influential member of the House Agriculture Committee, chairing a subcommittee.  She is a founding member of Elect Democratic Women. Born in Springfield, Cheri began her professional career as a journalist working in the Quad-Cities.

“We’re excited to roll up our sleeves and help Alexi build his team and prioritize issues that his administration plans to tackle starting on Day One. We will begin to work on proposals aimed at solving significant challenges, like long lines and wait times. By offering more services online, Illinoisans will be able to avoid trips to the DMV."

Martin Cabrera

Chicago, CEO/Founder of Cabrera Capital Markets and Cabrera Capital Partners

Martin is founder and CEO of Cabrera Capital Markets – one of the largest Latino-owned investment firms in the U.S., which provides global investment banking, institutional brokerage, and real estate development services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes financial institutions, states and municipalities, corporations, unions, foundations and endowments. Martin also served as chair of the Chicago Plan Commission for seven years. Last year, Crain’s Chicago Business named him on its Chicago Power 25 List.

"Over the next several weeks, we’re going to address specific issues that Alexi laid out during his campaign that are of great interest and concern to Illinois citizens. We'll start with looking into ways to improve the customer experience at driver’s license facilities by employing new technology and begin exploring new initiatives that will make streets safer, protect voting rights, curb ethics abuses, increase library access and streamline business services.”

Stephanie Neely

Chicago, Managing Director, Head, J.P. Morgan Asset Management North America Institutional Central and Canada

Stephanie leads the North America Institutional Central U.S. & Canada team at J.P. Morgan Asset Management. She’s also a member of the North America Institutional management team and the Asset Management CEO’s Black Employees Roundtable and that worked on improving the DEI data transparency and disclosure. Prior to that, Stephanie served as vice president and assistant treasurer at Allstate. In 2006, she was elected Chicago City Treasurer where she served two terms.

“This transition team shares Alexi’s commitment to making government work better with the strong underlying belief that the Secretary State’s Office plays an integral role in people’s lives. Through the transition process, we will articulate and develop the foundation for the wide-ranging work of the office and its strategic priorities to create opportunities for Illinoisans.

Edward M. Smith

Carbondale, CEO/President of ULLICO, Inc., and former leader of the Laborers’ International Union of North America (LIUNA)

Ed is CEO and President of ULLICO, Inc. (Union Labor Life Insurance Company) based in Washington, DC.  He previously served as Vice President and Regional Manager of Laborers’ International Union of North America. Ed is the former Chairman of the Illinois State Board of Investment and served as a member of the Democratic National Committee.  

“As Secretary of State, Alexi’s goal is to make the office work better for more people and confront challenges that will help restore our trust in government and their elected officials. We look forward to helping Alexi deliver on his promises, and we intend to tap the office’s potential to make it the best Secretary of State’s office in the country.”