Kristin DiCenso was born and raised in the Capital City but spent 8 years in Southern California and Chicago before returning to Springfield in 2000 to open a small business.
Ms. DiCenso has worked her way up state government, spending ten years at the Department of Natural Resources and three years at the Illinois Department of Transportation. At both agencies, Kristin supervised statewide staffs, multi-million-dollar budgets and was responsible for crafting and implementing agency policy.
Ms. DiCenso earned a Secretary’s Pin for her work on the 2012 NATO summit and was named a “Future Conservation Leader of Tomorrow” by the Max McGraw Wildlife Foundation. In 2019, Kristin returned to IDNR and currently serves at the Chief of Staff to1,250 employees.
In 2016, Ms. DiCenso co-founded “Women Rising”, an organization to help recruit, support, and elect progressive women. Kristin was appointed to the Bi-Centennial Commission by Illinois Comptroller Susana Mendoza in 2018. Also, in 2018, Ms. DiCenso received the Action Illinois One Year Anniversary award for public service.
Kristin is the proud mother of 11-year-old Stan, and 4-year old Golden Retriever, Lovey. She loves cooking (and eating), karaoke, traveling and spending time with her family and friends.