An accomplished leader in her community and in the legal profession, Jeanne Wrenn recently served as Senior Director and General Counsel at the National Safety Council.
Ms. Wrenn has more than 20 years of experience working as a public servant within the criminal justice system and public transportation industry. She has extensive experience working with diverse stakeholders to protect public safety, advance public policy, improve ethics and create important new laws.
Prior to joining National Safety Council, Ms. Wrenn served as the Ethics & EEO Officer at Pace, the Suburban Bus Company. As Ethics Officer, she was responsible for providing guidance on ethics issues involving a variety of subjects including contract procurement, conflicts of interest and governance matters. She conducted ethics training for employees and board members and monitored compliance with state and federal regulations.
As a former Executive Assistant State’s Attorney, she represented the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office (CCSAO) on several working groups, task forces and expert panels on a wide array of criminal justice issues. As the Supervisor of the Legislative Unit, the team was able to influence the passage of several pieces of legislation dealing with public safety, children’s welfare, financial crimes, domestic violence and victim’s rights. To highlight a few accomplishments, the CCSAO drafted and passed the most comprehensive state-level human trafficking statute, a state RICO Act, the Valadez law and the Offender Initiative Probation.
Prior to joining the executive staff, she spent nearly nine years prosecuting hundreds of cases within the Narcotics and Traffic Divisions of the CCSAO.
Wrenn earned her Juris Doctorate from Loyola University Chicago, School of Law and her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences in Political Science and Theology from Loyola University Chicago.
She is an active volunteer in our community, serving on the Board of Directors of Misericordia which helps those with developmental disabilities and Girls on the Run which teaches life skills for girls between 3rd and 8th grades. She is a Founding Member of the Concern Worldwide Leadership Network, which helps provide critical assistance to some of the world’s poorest people. Jeanne also serves on the Board of Regents of Saint Igantius College Prep and on the National Alumni Advisory Board of Loyola University Chicago – mentoring students at both institutions. She was the winner of the 2017 Life of Loyola Award.
Please see complete details on Jeanne Wrenn’s background and accomplishments below:
National Safety Council - June 2015 - May 2017
Senior Director, General Counsel & Ethics Officer
- Imparts timely and quality legal advice to management on a variety of legal issues and maintains a proactive approach to identify and minimize risks to the organization.
- Monitors and reports on the compliance and ethics efforts of the company.
- Provides guidance for the Board and senior management team on matters relating to ethics and compliance.
- Engages on general corporate and transactional matters, structures and forming legal entities, corporate governance, commercial and financial transactions, government and regulatory compliance.
- Possesses experience in licensing and technology agreements, employment law and intellectual property law especially in the areas of advertising, copyright and trademarks.
- Reviews and negotiates variety of contracts.
- Identifies legislative opportunities to improve safety at the federal and state level in workplaces, in homes and communities and on the roads.
- Recognizes and addresses areas of risk and reward quickly and efficiently, reviews available information and advises organization on appropriate action to be taken.
PACE, The Suburban Bus Division of the Regional Transit Authority - June 2012 –June 2015
Ethics & EEO Officer
- Conducts all ethics training as required by the Office of the Executive Inspector General (OEIG).
- Develops training for compliance with OEIG and applicable federal and state laws.
- Provides guidance to Board members and employees as to the interpretation and implementation of the State Officials and Employees Ethics Act.
- Submits and maintains written certification of completion of ethics training by board members and employees.
- Delineates within Pace those subject to the revolving door prohibitions of 5 ILCS 430/5-45.
- Liaison between Pace and the OEIG, Executive Ethics Commission and the Office of the Governor.
- Investigates, fact finds and recommends solutions to Board, employee, EEOC, ADA, ethics and FMLA complaints.
- Conducts and maintains all EEO reporting required by Pace policy, state and federal statutes.
- Participates in the defense of EEO and related charges filed with local, state and federal agencies.
- Reviews Pace contracts for compliance with the Ethics code.
- Participates on pension committee for union employees.
- Conducts internal investigations for allegations involving ethics violations, discrimination and harassment.
- Eno Center for Transportation, Executive Leadership Seminar, Participant, April 2013
COOK COUNTY STATE’S ATTORNEY’S OFFICE - September 2003 – June 2012
Assistant State’s Attorney
Legislative Unit Supervisor, Executive Staff (December 2008 – June 2012)
- Acted as legislative liaison to the Illinois General Assembly.
- Drafted and lobbied for the enactment of over 40 pieces of successful legislation.
- Advised the State’s Attorney on legislative and policy matters.
- Prepared the State’s Attorney for testimony before various committees.
- Prepared State’s Attorney for meetings with members of the Senate, House and various political groups.
- Consulted with the State’s Attorney on sensitive press issues and investigations.
- Cultivated and maintained relationships with members of the General Assembly.
- Supervised team of attorneys and law clerks assigned to the Legislative Unit.
- Negotiated bills and policy issues with the Illinois Legislature, government agencies and advocacy groups.
- Managed appropriation and budget requests at the state level.
- Testified before committees on various pieces of legislation on a wide array of subject matter.
- Trained assistant state’s attorney’s regarding implementing and complying with current statutes and case law.
ASA assigned to the Legislative Unit, Executive Staff (December 2007 – December 2008)
- Drafted, edited and researched legislation on various issues.
- Testified before numerous committees in support of and in opposition to legislation.
- Prepared and worked roll calls on several legislative initiatives.
ASA assigned to the Narcotics Bureau (August 2005 – December 2007)
- Prosecuted felony narcotics and cannabis cases.
- Participated in four jury trials, hundreds of bench trials, motions, preliminary hearings, special grand jury proceedings, bond hearings and 402 conferences.
- Interviewed defendants and prepared statements.
- Facilitated court calls in Cook County specialty courts such as RAP, mental health and drug court.
- Screened cases related to the Chicago Police Department Special Operations Section investigation.
ASA assigned to the Traffic Division (September 2003 – August 2005)
- Prosecuted misdemeanor and felony traffic violations.
- Participated in five jury trials, hundreds of bench trials, motions, plea agreements, drafted and argued motions.
HONORABLE MICHAEL J. HOGAN - January 2003 – September 2003
Judicial Law Clerk, Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division, Richard J. Daley Center
- Researched and analyzed issues raised in contested motions.
- Drafted rulings, prepared memoranda on various legal issues and coordinated court call.
DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF ILLINOIS - September 2002 – December 2002
Senior Citizen Outreach for Attorney General Candidate Lisa Madigan
- Prepared and delivered presentations to various senior citizen groups throughout Cook County.
- Researched issues regarding prescription drug costs and senior citizen programs.
DAY CASEBEER MADRID BATCHELDER - April 2002 – September 2002
DONOHUE BROWN MATHEWSON & SMYTH - February 1999 – April 2002
- Worked with trial team on a private, complex pharmaceutical arbitration before the Honorable Frank McGarr.
- Prepared trial exhibits, abstracted and reviewed witness testimony to utilize during cross-examination of witnesses, researched legal and pharmaceutical issues involved in the arbitration.
Law Clerk/Firm Librarian
JOSEPH E. TIGHE, P.C. - May 1996 – February 1999
- Prepared responses to written discovery.
- Researched and drafted motions and legal memoranda. Maintained firm library.
YMCA of METROPOLITAN CHICAGO - December 1995 – May 1996
- Duties included all facets of litigation support.
- Responded to special requests and projects initiated by client inquiry.
Assistant Development Director
WILLIAM J. HARTE, LTD. - October 1993 – December 1995
- Coordinated and audited successful Annual Campaign and Kids-to-Camp fundraising campaigns.
- Maintained relationships and consulted with board members from Fortune 500 corporations regarding fundraising and programs.
- Responsibilities entailed all areas of trial litigation support.
- Abstracted depositions, assisted attorneys with discovery materials and trial preparation.
American Bar Association, Member
Chicago Bar Association, Member
Trade and Associations Committee, Chair, June 2016-present, Vice Chair June 2015-2016
Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Member
Women’s Auxiliary Board Member - March 2014 – present
Girls on the Run Chicago
Board Member, Past Board President - July 2007 – present
Saint Ignatius College Prep
Board of Regents Member - May 2012 – present
Student Mentor - January 2011 – present
Loyola University Chicago
National Alumni Advisory Board Member - June 2010 –present
Rambler Varsity Club - May 2012 present
Law School Student Mentor - September 2012 – present
Concern Leadership Network Member/Found - January 2011 – present
Travelled to Haiti for an immersion/donor trip - October 2014
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO SCHOOL OF LAW, Chicago, Illinois
Juris Doctor: January 2001
LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO, Chicago, Illinois
Bachelor of Arts: May 1993. Double Major: Political Science and Theology