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State Universities Civil Service System

Merit Board
Member Profile

Ms. Naomi Jakobsson

University of Illinois
Appointed: 2/15/2019

Professional Experience

  • Representative, 103rd District, Illinois House of Representatives (2003-2015), including chairperson, Higher Education Committee and Human Services Committee; co-chairperson, Illinois Conference of Women Legislators; and member, Illinois Higher Education Budget and Finance Committee
  • Executive director, University YWCA (2001-2002)
  • Development officer, University YMCA (1999-2001)
  • Interim executive director, A Woman's Fund (1997-1999)
  • Champaign County recorder (1984-1996)
  • Teaching associate, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Urbana School District (1978-1984)

Professional/Civic Affiliations, Activities and Community Service

  • Clerk of session, McKinley Presbyterian Church of Champaign
  • Member, board of directors, McKinley Foundation
  • Member, board of trustees, University YMCA
  • Volunteer, William R. and Clarice V. Spurlock Museum
  • Volunteer, Illinois Radio Reader, WILL
  • Volunteer tutor, English as a Second Language
  • Volunteer, Garden Hills School Food Pantry

Awards and Honors

  • Victor Stone Award, Champaign County ACLU
  • Martin Luther King Innovation Award, Champaign-Urbana MLK Celebration
  • Peace and Dialogue Award, Intercultural Friendship Foundation
  • Mother of the Year, The News-Gazette
  • Leadership in Government Award, Champaign County Health Care Consumers
  • Spirit Award, Chicago House and Social Service Agency
  • Other legislative awards


  • MS, Teaching English as a Second Language, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1979)
  • BA, with History major, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (1977)
  • Parkland College