In 2013, Commissioner Gainer completed three years of organizing and outreach for the creation of the Cook County Land Bank, the region's most comprehensive policy to reduce the amount and impact of vacant land and abandoned buildings throughout Cook County. The land bank is governed by a 15-member board, chaired by Commissioner Gainer.
Commissioner Gainer's policy work has been written about in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Crain's and editorial boards across the region. In addition, she has been the recipient of awards from Action Now, Woodstock Institute, the AIDS Foundation of Chicago, the Urban Land Institute and Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights.
A native of Chicago, Bridget lives on the Northside with her husband and their three children and sits on the boards of the Big Shoulders Fund and the 100 Club of Chicago.