Maria Pappas

Maria Pappas is Treasurer of Cook County, Illinois, a post she has held since 1998. She was elected to a fifth four-year term in November of 2014.

Pappas has remade the Office of Treasurer for Cook County, the world's 16th largest government, into a vibrant, service-oriented office that develops and uses the latest technological tools for greater efficiency and economy.

A lawyer with a degree in counseling psychology, her organizational and management skills have drawn the attention of foreign governments that have asked for her help with projects.