Annette Guzman, ’06, Appointed City Budget Director by Mayor-Elect Brandon Johnson

Jill Jaworski's pick as Chicago CFO draws praise

Veteran financial advisory professional Jill Jaworski will take the helm of Chicago finances as chief financial officer and Cook County budget director Annette Guzman will become city budget director in Mayor-elect Brandon Johnson's administration.

Johnson made the announcements Thursday, four days before he is sworn into office, along with appointments for several other top roles including S. Mayumi "Umi" Grigsby as director of policy and Jennifer Johnson as deputy mayor of education, youth, and human services.

"These appointments reflect our policy priorities and strategic goals as we set a bold agenda for the next four years," Johnson said in the statement.


Guzman, who holds a law degree from the University of Chicago, has managed Cook County's budget since 2020. The county operates on the east side of the city hall-county building in downtown Chicago. During her tenure, she has overseen the county's use of $1.6 billion in COVID-19 federal relief and balanced budgets that have helped the county win rating upgrades. The county operates on an $8.8 billion budget.


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