Laura S. Ekstrom

As a 25-year resident of Barrington Hills and lifelong resident of Barrington, Laura is running to actively support and continue a positive, fiscally responsible, and thoughtful stewardship of our unique village. She is dedicated to preserving our five-acre zoning and is committed to being impartial and inclusive, considering our village residents as neighbors instead of factions. Laura served for six years on the Village’s Communication Committee, from 2008-2014, where she helped bring transparency to Village communications, improved marketing to residents, and provided policy feedback on many issues and ordinances being introduced.

Laura grew up in Barrington attending Hough and Roslyn Road Elementary Schools, Barrington Middle School, and Barrington High School where she and her husband Larry were high school sweethearts. Laura then attended Smith College followed by graduation from Indiana University. After Laura and Larry met again at their 20th high school reunion, they married and settled in Barrington Hills where they have lived for 25 years, raising their two children, Grant and Ella.

Laura’s background includes serving as President and CEO of Meridian Advertising, member of the Chicago Board of Trade, a published artist and photographer, and active member on a wide range of philanthropic boards. She currently works as a marketing consultant through her company, Scoville Creative Group. Locally, she serves as a board member of The Garden Club of Barrington, committee member and photographer for Hands of Hope, and has served as a member of the Junior League of Chicago Barrington Chapter and Barrington Junior Women’s Club. She also actively supports the Barrington Area Conservation Trust where her husband Larry serves as board member and Treasurer. She and her husband are members of the Barrington Hills Country Club.

Dedicated to preserving our unique community, Laura seeks to give back by serving our village as a Trustee. As a business women, she supports continued fiscal responsibility while balancing the needs of vital services essential to our community. As a lifelong conservationist, she brings an informed perspective on the equestrian nature of our area, its history, and how the issues that resonate today will impact the future of our Village in the long-term. Laura is steadfast in her defense of our 5-acre zoning, and will carefully consider any proposed changes to village ordinances and zoning, evaluating long-term impacts and unintended consequences, always with a focus on protecting property rights, open space, safety, and privacy.

Laura is endorsed by former Village President Marty McLaughlin, former Trustee Colleen Konicek-Hannigan, former Trustee Michelle Maison and by current Village Trustees Bryan Croll and Deb Buettner.