Marah Altenberg

Marah Altenberg (District 19)

Lake County Board Member
Current Term: 2022-2026

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

Board member Altenberg represents District 19, which includes Arlington Heights, Deer Park, Wheeling and portions of Buffalo Grove, Kildeer, Lake Zurich and Long Grove. She has been on the board since 2020. 

Her priorities on the board include repurposing land from the Route 53 proposed extension, infrastructure investment, and responsible pandemic management.

She has a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Illinois and earned a 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. 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 & Appointments

Elected Offices (Current)

  • Lake County Board, Member (2020-present)
  • Lake County Forest Preserves, Member (2020-present)

Lake County Committees (Current)

  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Health and Community Services, Vice-Chair
  • Legislative
  • Planning, Building, Zoning and Environment

Lake County Committees (Previous)

  • Energy and Environment
  • Health and Community Services
  • Law and Judicial
  • Rules

Forest Preserve District Committees (Current)

  • Diversity and Cultural Awareness, Vice-Chair
  • Planning

Forest Preserve District Committees (Previous)

  • Planning, Vice-Chair
  • Rules

Special Appointments & Other Public Service (Current)

  • Housing and Community Development Commission
  • 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, District 6, Alternate
  • Youth Conservation Corps (YCC), Board Liaison