Marah Altenberg (District 20)

Lake County Board Member
Current Term: 2020-2022

Marah Altenberg

Mail: 18 North County Street, 10th Floor, Waukegan, IL 60085
Phone: 847-562-6247
[email protected]

District 20

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Board member Altenberg represents the 20th District, which includes Buffalo Grove, portions of Long Grove and portions of the unincorporated areas of Vernon and Ela Townships. She has been on the board since 2020. She currently serves as Vice-Chair of the Health & Community Services Committee, and as a member of the Law & Judicial and Rules committees. Her priorities on the board include repurposing land from the Route 53 proposed extension, infrastructure investment, and responsible pandemic management.

She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Illinois in Champaign, and is currently working on her Master’s degree in Non-profit Leadership and Management at Spertus College in Chicago. She resides in Buffalo Grove with her husband and two daughters, ages 19 and 15. She is a former long-time journalist for several newspapers and magazines and currently is a freelance writer. She is also an avid traveler, who previously lived in Singapore.

Elected Offices

  • Lake County Board (2020 - present)
  • Lake County Forest Preserves District (2020 - present)

Lake County Committees


  • Health and Community Services, Vice-Chair
  • Energy and Environment
  • Law and Judicial
  • Rules


  • Health and Community Services
  • Legislative

Forest Preserve District Committees


  • Diversity and Cultural Awareness, Vice-Chair
  • Planning, Vice-Chair
  • Rules
  • Youth Conservation Corps, Board Liaison


  • Planning
  • Rules

Special Appointments & Other Public Service

  • Lake County Partners
  • National Association of Counties (NACo) Healthy Counties Advisory Board Member
  • National Association of Counties (NACo) Programs and Services Standing Committee Member
  • National Association of Counties (NACo) Veterans and Military Services Committee Member
  • Stormwater Management Commission, Alternate