Chemberly A. Harris Cummings was born and raised in Cleveland, OH. She was first was introduced to importance of service by her grandmother. Chemberly was given the opportunity to learn how to advocate and speak on issues while attending Central State University. Her first opportunity to put what she learned into practice cam in 2005. She testified before the Ohio General Assembly Education committee sharing the importance of supporting and funding higher education.
Chemberly has always been active in her community, no matter where she resided. She believes it is her duty to serve her community. Since living in the Bloomington-Normal area, Chemberly has served on the Board of the McLean County YWCA, Alcohol Resource Prevention Center and the Children’s Discovery Museum. She has been a volunteer for St. Jude, Home Sweet Home Ministries and Junior Achievement.
Chemberly currently serves on the Town of Normal City Council. She has engaged at the state and federal level in order to advocate for all communities and grow in her role. Chemberly is a member of the National League of Cities Committees: Community & Economic Development Federal Advocacy Committee, University Cities Council, Women in Municipal Government, the National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, and REAL (Race Equity & Leadership). She engages in activities hosted by the Illinois Municipal League. Chemberly is passionate about serving her community and serves as an ambassador for the community.
Chemberly earned her bachelor’s degree in Political Science at Central State University. She is currently obtaining her Master’s in Political Management at George Washington University. Chemberly is a member of the Bloomington-Normal Alumnae chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. She is a recent grad of the 2018 Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership class and 2019 Edgar Fellows class. Chemberly’s most recent accolade include the 2017 McLean County 20 Under 40 award and the 2019 State of Illinois Treasurer Michael Frerichs’ Outstanding Service in Leadership award.
Chemberly is looking forward to serve you, fight for communities in Illinois and ensure our state is viable for generations to come. In November, together we will RISE (Revive Illinois Strong & Energetic)!