President Preckwinkle Appoints New Chief for County’s Bureau of Asset Management

October 7, 2015

President Toni Preckwinkle’s nomination of Elaine Lockwood Bean as new chief of the County’s Bureau of Asset Management was approved today by the Cook County Board of Commissioners.

Lockwood Bean brings significant public and private sector experience including facilities and construction management, and implementation of capital plans. She is a registered architect who has worked both domestically and internationally and holds degrees from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and University of California, Berkeley.

“We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Elaine’s credentials join our management team,” said Cook County Board President Toni Preckwinkle. “Her rich and diverse background makes her a perfect fit to lead our Bureau of Asset Management, given its multiple responsibilities.”

The Bureau of Asset Management includes the Departments of Capital Planning and Policy, Real Estate Management, and Facilities Management. The Bureau oversees an annual capital budget of 180 million dollars and manages 19 million square feet of real estate.

The Bureau provides service to all Cook County departments and elected officials – including the Department of Corrections and Health and Hospitals System -- so they may serve the public and perform their duties in an environment that fosters efficient, convenient and cost-effective delivery of public services.

“It is an honor and privilege to serve as President Preckwinkle's Bureau Chief of Asset Management,” Lockwood Bean said. “I look forward to ensuring the Bureau’s team is able to implement initiatives set forth by the President’s office which will enhance the County’s real estate portfolio including, the redevelopment of the Cook County Health and Hospital System’s Central Campus, and development of a master plan for the County Department of Corrections.

“The Bureau will improve efficiencies and services through the establishment of Countywide ADA and energy reduction programs, space consolidation and continued modernization of Facilities Management.”

Lockwood Bean most recently was Senior Director-Learning Market for BSA Life Structures. In that role, she was responsible for a team of architects, engineers and planners who worked on projects for clients including the University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Illinois State University.

Previous experience includes Vice President and Business Unit Leader for Lend Lease, Associate Vice President for Facilities at the University of Chicago, and Senior Vice President at Tishman Construction Corp. of Illinois.

A resident of Hyde Park, she has been a juror at the Illinois Institute of Technology and UIC, and is a member of numerous professional and civic organizations.