As an assessor at Argonne National Laboratory, Ellman knows what it takes to solve complex problems. Professionally, Ellman has more than 25 years of experience working in manufacturing, and earned a master’s degree in applied statistics. She is also dedicated to helping her community through her work on the Naperville Fair Housing Commission, Toastmasters, and as a volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Feed My Starving Children, and as an ESL tutor.

Laura has spent most of her life in the 21st district. She grew up in Hanover Park, and graduated from Elgin High School. She also lived in West Chicago, and has worked in Lisle, Warrenville, Wheaton, and Naperville. Laura was raised in a working-class household in Hanover Park and Bartlett, and grew up believing that education and hard work were part of the American Dream.

The first child to go to college in both her parents’ families, and with a love of learning, she went to Grinnell College in math and then went on to get a masters in applied statistics at University of Iowa.

Laura currently lives in Naperville with her husband Pete, a musician, and their two children – Lizzie, a junior at Naperville Central and Barrett, an 8th-grader at Lincoln Junior High.

In addition to amateur woodworking and projects around the house, Laura enjoys sports, having run a marathon (one was enough!), triathlons and, for more than twenty years, plays basketball every week. Laura and her daughter take their tent and bikes for a long overnight bike ride every October. Laura’s family also enjoys traveling all over America in their pop-up camper.