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Bona Heinsohn, CAEDirector of Government Affairs & Public Relations

Bona Heinsohn, CAE serves as the Director of Governmental Affairs and Public Relations for the Cook County Farm Bureau®.  She also serves as the organization’s local government lobbyist.  In addition, she directs the organization’s policy generating process, serves as Assistant Treasurer for the Cook County Farm Bureau® Political Action Committee, and directs the organization’s public outreach activities and events. 

 

Prior to joining the Farm Bureau, she worked as a Communications and Public Affairs Specialist as well as a Legislative Analyst with the Illinois Senate Republican Staff and a Campaign Manager for the Republican State Senate Campaign Committee. 

 

Heinsohn received a M.A. in Political Studies from the University of Illinois and a B.S. in Agriculture from Illinois State University.  In 2018, she was named a Certified Association Executive (CAE), the highest credential available for an association professional. 

 

Heinsohn is a graduate of the Illinois Agricultural Leadership Foundation, an executive leadership program for agricultural professionals.  She currently serves as Aldermen for the City of Harvard and is the past President of McHenry County Conservation District Board of Trustees.  In addition, Heinsohn serves as President of the Harvard Preschool; Legislative Committee Co-Chair for the Horsemen’s Council of Illinois; Government Day Co-Chair for Leadership Greater McHenry County Curriculum Committee; and a Commissioner for the Harvard Education Recreational Softball (H.E.R.S) program. 

 

Heinsohn and her husband Jeff are dairy and grain farmers in northern Illinois.  They have two young children.