Kristin DiCenso is a fourth-generation Springfield native with deep roots not only in the city, but specifically, Ward6. Born and raised in the Capital City, Kristin spent 8 years in Southern California and Chicago before returning to Springfield to open a small business in Ward 6, just two blocks down from where her Dad owned a bar in the 1950’s.
Ms. DiCenso then went on to a bright career in state government, spending nine 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 2015, Kristin started as the Development Director at the Illinois Health Care
Association. In her new role, she has grown the association membership by over 100 facilities, planned and produced fundraisers for their Political Action Committee and increased the association’s social media presence. Ms. DiCenso also owns KDD Consulting, a strategic communications consulting firm that works with non-profit organizations.
Kristin is the proud mother of 10-year-old Stanley, two Golden Retrievers, and has lived
in Ward 6 since 2010. In her spare time, she is active at her son’s school as Room Parent and Art Outreach volunteer. Ms. DiCenso previously served on the board of the Central Illinois March of Dimes, the Ward 6 Fund and serves as a Commissioner on the Bicentennial Commission. Kristin loves cooking (and eating), traveling and spending time with her family and friends.