Mouritsen, a first-generation college student, pursued her interest in politics and earned an Associate in Arts from Triton College, a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois at Springfield (UIS), and a Master of Arts from George Washington University. After her undergrad studies, she worked for a Chicago alderman.
“I like to say I got my degree in political studies from UIS and but my education in politics from the ward office. It was the best and worst experience I ever had,” she said. “After that, I did consulting and lobbying work. As a consultant, I worked with many homeowners who were trying to somehow modify their homes. This can be a very complex and frustrating process in Chicago. I really enjoyed working with them and helping them get the addition, the exception, the zoning change – whatever it was. We also worked with homeowners who had violations, using our specialized knowledge to help get them out of trouble and to resolve their issues.”